The Body Myth – Mixed Messages: When Food Is Love in Your Family But Your Body is a Problem Ft. Michelle Wang

Brooke Warner

Michelle Yang joins The Body Myth for a conversation about immigrating to the US as a child and feeling she didn’t conform to Western expectations about how she was supposed to look, growing up in a home where food was love but her father monitored her body size, and her advocacy work on the intersection of Asian American identity, feminism, and mental health.


Michelle Yang (@michelleyangwriter) is an advocate whose writings on the intersection of Asian American identity, feminism, and mental health have been featured in NBC News, CNN, InStyle, and more. Born ethnic Chinese in South Korea, Michelle is a proud immigrant “takeout kid” who grew up working in her family’s Chinese takeout restaurant. Her memoir, PHOENIX GIRL: HOW A FAT ASIAN WITH BIPOLAR FOUND LOVE is forthcoming.

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Ronit’s essays and fiction have been featured in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Iowa Review, The Washington Post, Writer’s Digest, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir WHEN SHE COMES BACK about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was named Finalist in both the 2021 Best Book Awards and the 2021 Book of the Year Award and a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot. Her short story collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE won Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award and will be published in 2022. She is host and producer of the podcasts And Then Everything Changed and The Body Myth.

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