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Funky Asian Acorns: Schema’s Seeds and Leaves

Recent shifts in thinking and a trip back to Hong Kong caused me to reflect upon the past and my roots as a 1.5 generation Chinese-Canadian. Drawing upon life and circumstance for inspiration, I spent my time away from blogging to work on a piece of bicultural creative non-fiction.

I am delighted to announce that the finished work has been accepted by a sustainability-themed issue of Schema Magazine, an online publication “for the interculturally-minded”. Seeds and Leaves began as a seed (ha!) sparked by a call for essays that featured a plant or tree as the main character; it has since grown to become an account of a botanical illustration class I took last fall. I hope you enjoy this short tale about a brief encounter of two immigrants, one human, one not, and I welcome your thoughts on this personal Ekostory that attempts to weave together ideas of nature, culture, and identity.

Read the story here


  1. Congrats, Isaac – great essay, and it looks like you reproduced those acorns pretty faithfully in your drawing. Also thanks for teaching me about fractional generations – I didn’t know about that. 🙂

    • Haha I didn’t know that was a thing for the longest time either. Caused all sorts of identity crises. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the Schema link. I wasn’t aware of this Vancouver-based blog/web magazine. Coincidentally I had a piece published about self and identity as a guest. Reference in my latest blog post…

    Somehow I suspect your experiences/background is probably different from mine.

    • Thanks for the link to your reflective and personal interview. I see both deep similarities and differences between our life experiences, as with any two people. 🙂

  3. Fine story Issac and congratulations on its publication! I love antique scientific illustration being poised at the intersection of art and science.

    • Yeah, I’ve always been interested in classical and speculative natural history art, like from fossils.It’s fascinating to see what people come up with without the best information.

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