The Flying Turtle Journal

The inner life of a 24 year old, gay, Hmong man. Refugee born, Minnesota-bred, DC resident.

I’m not his type. I know that. I’m too far, too young. But I can’t help but wonder if he’d be interested in me anyway. We kiss every now and then - when he’s single, when I’m single, and we’re in the same city at the same time. We kiss. He’s sweet, stern, and stoic. I can never really tell. But I know I’m not his type.

That’s the kind of guys I fall for, the ones I never really know about.


Here is a short list of a few of the hundreds of examples of the media intentionally manipulating the public to support Israel’s recent offensive against Palestinians
July 24, 2014

Please reblog or message with additions as you see/think of them and I will edit with the additions. I am sure we can create quite a large list of examples.

(via kamayami)

Give us data disaggregation! All students count, and their stories need to be heard.

And of course Metal Bender:

There’s Wood Bender too:

and who can forget:


And of course Metal Bender:

There’s Wood Bender too:

and who can forget:

(Source: 9gag, via theyellowpikachoo)



Until recently, I have had a tremendous amount of shame about the bullying I experienced as a child.
Whenever something would happen and my mother would find out, she would yell at me and say,
"Why didn’t you fight back?! What are you doing to make them treat you like that?"
So I felt like it was my fault.

(Source: feyminism, via kamayami)

Things I Wished I Had

Better Game.

Much better game.

(Source: sandandglass, via djpandaky)

Being queer, Southeast Asian, refugee has meant that I’ve had to fight my own family, my own Southeast Asian community, the AAPI community, the LGBTQ community, the immigrant community, the Latino community, the fucking mainstream community to have the issues of my people heard. And I’m so tired of it.

If you stand with us, with me in solidarity, I should not have to fight with you to have our voices included every step of the way. It’s exhausting and tiring. I’ve given my life to fighting and doing this on the national level, as the only queer Southeast Asian at the table, so far away from my community, from those who know and who understand my experiences is so fucking exhausting. And it’s so fucking lonely.

#QueerSoutheastAsian love! #MissQSEAFolks

Wish Me A Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday, and as many of you know, immigration reform is one of the most important issues to me. My life and the lives of my family and community have been defined by US foreign policy and immigration laws. Instead of wishing me a happy birthday, you can wish me a happy birthday by calling President Obama at (202) 456-1111 during the weekday and requesting the following:

"Hi, my name is __, and I’m calling with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance to urge President Obama to take immediate action on immigration. We support executive orders that ensure humane conditions at ICE facilities and in enforcement for all detainees, and specifically transgender detainees; considers the needs of lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender immigrants; stops unjust deportations that tear families apart; expands the use of prosecutorial discretion; and expands Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

And thank you for your birthday wishes, please direct your wishes towards documented and undocumented immigrants that need our assistance. Also, please let us know if you call by emailing us and letting us know about your action at

imrow said: 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 34, 37, 40, 43, 57, 62, 85, 87

Wow, that’s a lot -

3. Yes and No. Lol, hard to explain.
4. I trust easily and readily.
6. My birthday on Saturday! I turn 25!
9. Confidence is very attractive.
11. Too many to count on one hand.
12. Nope, no skinny jeans for me.
13. I should be celebrating, but I’ll probably be working since I’m facilitating a three day immigration advocacy training.
15. Naaaaah.
17. My closest friend in DC, she’s my city-mate.
18. I can’t remember, it’s been a while since I felt broken. Probably college? I’m usually just dramatic.
20. I’m realizing that I’m old.
21. I’m usually in a good mood - today, I’m feeling swell.
24. I…want a cigarette because a full day of meetings = other work not getting done and people not sticking to talking points.
27. Nooooo. Humor is so, so, so important.
28. I laugh at my own jokes…but the last thing that made me laugh was my intern. She’s HILARIOUS.
34. Listening to “Honeymoon Avenue” by Ariana Grande.
37. Love at first sight is false.
40. Because…lunch was great, and he’s fun.
43. I’m always doing embarrassing things.
57. I’m not superstitious, spiritual, or religious.
62. I like to sleep naked when possible. If not, then underwear.
85. I’m selectively patient.
87. I win at life, yo. lol, actually, I’ve won a few contests, but they’re for stupid little things.

Second time that someone has created a job for me. #Blessed that I’ve only ever had to send out one blind resume/application since college. #ThePowerOfNetworking #AndDoingWhatIDoWell