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.
Congratulations on your publication! I enjoyed the essay, especially the way you speak to the acorns.
Thanks for reading Nancy 🙂
Congrats on your publication! I enjoyed reading it.
Thanks Karen 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.