About her

I am  a first generation Taiwanese American. I love  song writing, writing poetry, learning languages, and engaging in social activism in the community.  Currently I lead a Racial Reconciliation class in a White Evangelical Christian church in Santa Cruz, CA. Though luckily my class is made up of diverse people  in terms of gender,  racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, which means that these conversations in my class help me to see how multifaceted racial conversations can be. My writing seeks to decolonize the aspects of Taiwanese ethnicity, unveil indigenous austronesian heritage behind Taiwanese culture, and to build a chain of solidarity with people of color.

…I feel like (race) it’s the intersection to a lot of things in American culture. It’d be a shame to change  whatever color skin you’ve been born with, so how do you live with it? The tensions with race and ethnicity is that people can feel like they are either, the oppressed, the oppressor, seen or unseen in so many different ways. My work here will be in dialogue with these tensions of race amongst people of color, Asian Americans,  and being Taiwanese as well…

-Esther

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Asah עָשָׂה

Well hello there! I am creating this space so I can share with you my five loves:

Food. Music. Literature. Travel. Photography.

The name for my site: Asah is a Hebrew word meaning, “to do, or to make,” as used in Genesis ( The Creation Story).

Why Asah?

I’ve taken a handful of Jewish and Hebrew literature courses. Through this experience I find the history, the language and culture to be very rich and full of depth.

Also, being a Christian, I realized that by taking Jewish literature courses I could deepen my understanding of God the Creator and so this site is an extension of pressing into my own creations in hopes to having a stronger affinity to understanding the works of my Creator .

Photo by Esther Lu.