Spotlight: “Promises”


This is a piece about thinking, silences, and experiences that spill out over the tools we have to understand them. It contains discussion of suicide.



The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. You don’t have to be suicidal to call (1-800-273-8255). The Lifeline also offers services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (1-800-799-4889) and people who speak Spanish (en español: 1-888-628-9454). People who are transgender can also call the Trans Lifeline (U.S.: 877-565-8860; Canada: 877-330-6366). – Ed.

Amey Yun Zhang has a background in ecology, comparative cognition, art, and design. She will be pursuing a master's in cognitive and evolutionary anthropology at University of Oxford in 2021. Her comics are based in research, memoir, and an exploration of the structures that pattern our thoughts. She can be found at or on Instagram at @ameyyzhang. More from this author →