Janelle Paul: Can you share a story that demonstrates ISAAC’s mission in action?
YLH: “What kind of diets are my people being fed?” I raised that question from day one when I became a faculty member.
When I submitted the manuscript for The Tao of Asian American Belonging: A Yinist Spirituality, my publishers said, “Your primary audience is Asian-American.” And my answer to them was, “When a white author publishes, do you also ask that question? Is their audience only white?
Yes, it is for the Asian American audience, but it is also for the white. Because we’ve been reading your stuff, but you haven’t been reading ours. It’s time for you to understand ours.”