• travel
  • Give & Receive

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    We hear so much about the importance of giving. There’s plenty written about the science of generosity and happiness, with more listicles and pop psychology articles here, here, here, here, and here. You get the point, giving is important. In acting, I learned the importance of giving and receiving. To make scenes come alive from […]

  • travel
  • Let’s Get Lost

    lets-get-lost-jennie-le

    My tarot card reader says that I will create my life’s best work somewhere in East Asia. Call it confirmation bias, but I think she’s talking about Seoul. I’ll preface by saying I spent five months in two developing countries prior to landing in Seoul, so I’m quite biased and jaded from nearly half a […]

  • cambodia
  • Real City

    real city jennie le

    A friend of mine says my Instagram makes Phnom Penh look like a quaint hipster town… It’s not. Yes, I know, all I show you are the pretty waterfronts, the delicious coffee, the magical architecture… And these places really do exist here. But if this is the story I keep telling you, there’s going to […]

  • ramblings
  • Mother(land)

    motherland jennie le

    My mother grew up in rural Việt Nam. I can’t say that she was raised there because both her parents died by the time she was 11. Like many of those around her, her upbringing was beyond poor. In this patriarchal society, she wasn’t given an opportunity for an education past primary school, instead forced […]

  • cambodia
  • Mixed Identity

    photo by cindy vo

    I have always been the minority. Despite nesting in Little Saigon, I felt my otherness as soon as I left the tribe. Billboards, tv shows, and magazines were subconscious and continual reminders of that. Obviously, Cambodia is different, but not in the way that I imagined. I thought I would stand out as a foreigner […]