Wesley Yiin

Wesley Yiin is a journalist and screenwriter with an interest in quirky human stories. He’s a graduate of Yale University, where he served as Managing Editor of the Yale Daily News, and the University of Southern California’s MFA program in Screenwriting. Originally from New Jersey, he spent nine months after college living and working in Southeast Alaska before moving to Los Angeles. He has written about My Little Pony superfans for The Washington Post, interviewed Audrey Hepburn’s son for Salon, waxed poetic about Fresh Off the Boat for Slate, and profiled architectural model makers for Curbed New York.

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Lost in Translation: A Morning in the Alhambra Courthouse

What does it mean, exactly, for something to be lost in translation? The answer, it seems, can be demonstrated in a densely packed courtroom in Alhambra. Department 005 of the Alhambra Courthouse is unusually full, but that might just be because the entire left side of the gallery is blocked off by yellow caution tape, as if it were a crime scene. The remaining seating area is mostly occupied by people of Asian descent, though there are also a handful of Latinx folks and a Black man and woman sitting at the dead center...

Solitary Time (Excarceration 3)

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Defy Ventures held an event called Business Coaching Day at the NationBuilder offices in downtown Los Angeles. As a nonprofit focused on reducing recidivism by supporting currently and formerly incarcerated men to become entrepreneurs, Defy puts on Business Coaching Days to give their participants, known as “Entrepreneurs-in-Training” or EITs, an opportunity to learn from and be mentored by local executives. But their June event was unique: It was the first Business Coaching Day held outside prison, and therefore primarily aimed to help EITs in transitional housing. There were roughly...

While Robert Durst Flips Through Photos (Durst 2)

From the looks of it, Robert Durst’s legal team has expanded a bit since the first hearing that Crime Story reported on here. It’s 9:45 am, 15 minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin, and the bloat on the defense’s side of the courtroom concerns Robin Armstrong, the clerk. With the calmness and firmness of a middle-school teacher, she requests that some attorneys sit in the gallery. They oblige, relegated to the gallery’s front row, their knees bumping up against the partition. Durst’s jury trial is scheduled for September, which is quite a...