Kelvin Mak

K.K. Mai is a writer and high school English teacher residing in California's Bay Area. When he's not furiously planning for the next day's lessons, he often finds himself stuck in Wikipedia rabbit holes, wandering around his neighborhood at night, and neurotically cycling through his memories before he sleeps. Sometimes he writes, too. Follow him on Substack or on Twitter at @radishgalaxy.

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Filmmaker and TikToker RJ Siu is keeping it in the family

With videos featuring his family, his content gives off “classic sibling vibes” that many can relate to

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‘Pokemon Concierge’ and the appeal of life sims

Why are more people consuming content about everyday life?

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Comedian Jesse Appell Spills the Tea on Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation

Writer Kelvin Mak sits down with the performer to talk about what it’s like being a white guy doing standup in Mandarin, as well as his passion for Chinese tea ceremony

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Victor Xie Is Not Your Typical Food Influencer

The Oakland native behind the “Did You Eat Yet?” YouTube channel is telling the story behind some of his hometown’s longest-standing restaurants


How We Choose to Keep Lost Friendships Alive

Reading “Stay True,” one of the New York Times’ top 10 books of 2022, made writer Kelvin Mak rethink his relationship with a lost friend

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What Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ Taught Me About Life—And Myself

What do two Chinese American guys in the San Gabriel Valley have in common with French New Wave cinema? More than you’d think.