What is love?
May 21, 2021
I checked my writing stats this morning, and found that I’m not getting as many views as I used to — this is the third month in a row that it’s going down. I should probably stop checking my phone first thing in the morning.
Feeling a bit down, I decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and did some of it in the park. Maybe the sunshine would give me motivation? Arare joined me, not really doing much but he brought a clementine with him as a snack. He offered a little piece to me.
His hands were kind of sticky and dirty, but I decided to eat it anyway.
About “What is love?”
Hi there! Kaki here — I write, I illustrate, and I tell stories. “What is love?” is a project exploring the different ways humans express love and care for one another, with a soft focus on an American-Japanese experience.
Like many others, I come from a cross between two very different cultures, being born and raised in both the United States and Japan. Expressions of love from these two countries are very different (sometimes the polar opposite) and this gap in expression has led to misunderstandings between myself and my dearest relationships. Growing older, I’ve come to realize how certain words or actions that I’ve taken for granted were actually acts of love, and hope to recognize and honor them in this project.
Note that while these stories are 100% works of fiction, they are mainly influenced by my personal experience and shared anecdotes from friends and family. They are not meant to be representative of all Asian-American experiences, and of course many of the acts of love illustrated here are universal.
I hope to increase dialogue on the different ways humans can show appreciation for one another. If you’ve felt left out from traditional narratives of love before, I hope this can make your story feel a bit heard 😊
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