Ileana Soon is a Bornean-born illustrator currently living and working in Los Angeles. She has an insatiable thirst for travel, a not- so-secret love of magic, and a passion for all things cinematic. You can check out more of her work at

Finding Soy Sauce and Sensibility in Wichita, Kansas
By Naomi Hirahara

I FELL IN LOVE WITH GRACE, feeling the tentacles of its inexplicable love invade me when I needed it most. Especially when I was 8, when I had accidentally injured a boy at my Japanese-language school.