Kristen Yee

China’s love affair with the chilli pepper dates back nearly 500 years. It began as the poor man’s spice and was championed by Mao Zedong as the food of revolutionaries, according to a new book.

Asian-Americans question why their beauty is judged by how light their skin is in a new anthology, Whiter. Among its stories is that of a woman born to a Chinese mother and a black father who experienced rejection from Chinese-Americans.