Where were you born?
I was born on a small, sub tropical island of monsoon and evergreen forests in East Asia called Taiwan (formerly known as Formosa). Tree, Mountain and Sea are my original parents. In fact, my maiden name 林 (Lin) means forest.
Are you fluent in your mother tongue?
My first words were 媽媽 (Mama). I am fluent in my ancestors’ tongue of Mandarin, which is literally translated as Nation Language (國語 guóyǔ) or Common Language (普通話 Pǔtōnghuà). My ears also understand my father’s dialect, 臺語 Tâi-gí, translated as Coastal Language, a variety of Hokkien. This mixture of parent tongues contains the tensions and blood of politics, class, values, mythologies, but both are deeply animistic, reverent of cycles, and full of wisened passion.
How do you find the words to speak your truth? Don’t you worry that others may not understand you?
In my experience, people — even if they speak the same language AND especially if they speak the same language — want to understand what they want to understand. My words are not meant to convince, seduce, or make promises. I say what I say; you can hear what you hear. I say with clarity; to me, this is love.
Why don’t you smile in your photos?
I am not a natural in front of the camera, but I am often smiling on the inside. Banter aside, for whose pleasure would my smile be for? And if I’m feeling sad, frustrated, angry, who would this inconvenience? Those are not my people.
Why don’t you concentrate exclusively on spiritual topics in your IG content? Why bring discussions of sexism, race/racism, age/ageism, parenting, food politics, etc?
If you don’t see all these topics as spiritual, then your spirituality is privileged and counterfeit.
What is beautiful to you?
Just about everything. The scent of a baby. People reconciling. Peonies. Mussels and sardines. The cries and sighs during climax. The releasing of a loved one. Altars. Mama bear rage. Rainstorms. Calligraphy. Old books. Teaware and the tea it contains. Math. Post dinner kitchen dance parties. Ripped jeans. Morning mist.
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