The Periphery

Wei Ting
Thoughts and other personal updates from the periphery
Created 23 Sep 2020
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  • The Art of Seduction
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 0
    (Photo by Jessica Ruscello on Unsplash) “How do you think books sell?," Kenny asked me when I first started writing fiction. "Do you think a book sells itself?" I had no idea. And until a fateful conv...
  • The Affordability of Helping Others
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hello from Singapore, The news is bad, and it isn’t getting better. Our uncoordinated, patchwork response to the pandemic and the inequitable distribution of vaccines is turbocharging the spread of th...
  • A Love Letter to Friendship
    30 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Two friends at Sather Gate, UC Berkeley (Photo by me, March 2020) Hello friends, Friendships are strange, curious things, that shift, evolve, and sadly, sometimes break over time. The pandemic has bee...
  • We are always sweeping up fallen leaves
    22 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 6 0
    A leaf grows old, waiting for the wind - Bukit Batok Nature Reserve. Photo by me. I like to watch falling leaves, especially in autumn, a season Singapore does not have. There’s just something about t...
  • What We Do Not Know
    20 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 5 0
    What does whatever going on in Myanmar have anything to do with me? Many Singaporeans are probably thinking. I thought the same about the 1988 uprising in Yangon. I was just a child, not even in grade...
  • A Reading
    13 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    For those of you who celebrate, Happy Lunar New Year! As my ninety-two year old grandma said this morning, she can’t quite remember a New Year like this since World War II. The roads, normally bustlin...
  • Dear Anthony
    11 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 5 1
    Dear Anthony I heard you before I saw you. Friday morning, late February. One by one we gathered at Tin House—the real Tin House on NW Thurman Street in Portland, assembling for our ride to Sylvia Bea...
  • Pandemic Creations
    06 Dec 2020 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Photo: Yesterday Movie Star, Wall Mural in a Seoul Cafe (by Lee Seung Jae, 2018) We’re into the final weeks of 2020! December in Singapore is when cool northeast winds bring our wettest months and tem...
  • China Twitter & Hunter Biden
    31 Oct 2020 • 3 min read • 11 0
    Photo: A middle-aged woman awaits customers at a migrant worker noodle shop in central Shanghai, in an area slated for future demolition (by me, November 2018) Many of my readers know me from Twitter,...
  • Something Like Kimchi
    16 Oct 2020 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Freshly pickled 포기김치, Oct 2020 The art of making kimchi, for me, will always be associated with my first winter in Osaka. I wrote in my last newsletter about October 1st marking my two-year anniversar...
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