Alexis Cheung is a nonfiction writer. Her essays and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, T Magazine, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Gossamer, Catapult, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
Originally from Hawaii, she currently lives in New York.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
Because I grew up in Hawaii, its environment shaped my sense of self, ways I look at the world, and stories I choose to pursue.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
Ideally, it means sharing resources and talents in ways that can benefit others and living and consuming in a manner that minimizes harm and degradation. In practice, it’s more complicated and messy—but I firmly believe that people and the environment can only thrive when they’re valued, so, at the very least, I hope to make choices that privilege humanity and the Earth over consumerism, capitalism, and social notions of success. That’s the goal, anyway.