Jireh Deng

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Jireh (they/them) is a queer Taiwanese/Hong Konger American poet and multimedia journalist born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. They are currently an intern with In These Times and Janet Yang Productions while also freelancing for various publications including The Los Angeles Times. Their writing on L.A., arts, culture, and identity appears in The Guardian, The Washington Post, KCET, Teen Vogue, NPR, L.A. Taco, and more. They serve as the national board representative for the Asian American Journalists Association, L.A. chapter and currently co-direct AAJA national’s LGBTQIA+ affinity group.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

When I am outside and outdoors it reminds me of how the natural world is so much better than us as individuals and how we are simply just participants in an ecosystem. It helps me understand my place in the world and my role in making sure I leave this planet better than I was born in it.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

A thriving ecosystem requires us to be in community care with one another and to look out for each other’s health. We collectively are invested in our environment and being caretakers of the land.

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