Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Explained

Directed by Ava DuVernay, 13th is a documentary that explores the thirteenth amendment of the constitution. This 1965 amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. DuVernay’s film examines how Black US citizens are still discriminated against through mass incarceration. Garnering many positive reviews by film critics, 13th received high praise, even earning an […]

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The Problem with Performative Activism

Featured Image: University Press On June 2, many awoke to black squares partnered with #BlackoutTuesday flooding their Instagram feeds. These posts came at the heels of George Floyd’s death, one of the many Black individuals to die at the hands of police brutality. The trend was created by two music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in “observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the Boulevard”, […]

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The Benefits of Women’s and Gender Studies Courses

Featured Artwork: Ariel Lung for The Daily Californian When I tell people that I’m pursuing a minor in women’s studies, I’m often met with an eye-roll or two. I imagine this is because adults are amused and think it’s cute that I’m “entertaining feminist and social justice warrior notions” while still in college before I enter the real world where things aren’t […]

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Food For The Soul

Featured Artwork: Yulong Lli Roshini and I can bond in ways we can’t bond with our other friends sometimes. With her being Indian and me being Chinese, it’s like there’s an unspoken sisterhood of Asian-ness between us. Despite our countries of origin having the occasional border dispute and economic competition, they’re still neighbors. More importantly, thousands of miles […]

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A Look at AsianBossGirl

Featured Image: AsianBossGirl “Hi, everyone! My name is Helen. I’m Mel. And I’m Janet. Welcome to ABG, a podcast for the modern day Asian American woman.” Launched in 2017, hosts Helen Wu, Melody Cheng, and Janet Wang started the podcast AsianBossGirl as a way to discuss topics of interest and share stories of what it […]

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The Problem with “Yellow Fever” and the Sexual Fetishism of Asian American Women in Film 

Featured Artwork: LA Johnson Throughout cinematographic history, the young Asian American woman has been misrepresented. Asian Americans were nearly nonexistent in classic Hollywood; the industry often ignoring Asian issues, characters, and actors. However, as films began to include Asians, not only were actors sought after to play people from an Asian country (not as Asian Americans), but […]

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Featured Artwork: Louisa Cannell When I was younger, my mother used to brush my hair in the early morning sunlight I can remember standing on the chilled, tiled floor of our impossibly small bathroom and being entranced by the specks of dust playing and dancing in the beams of a new day Hard, stiff bristles […]

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Black and White

Featured Image: Aliko Sunawang In my little sister’s middle school bedroom, a list was taped on one of the pale walls between art projects and photographs of herself and her other middle school friends. She, like any other young, ambitious student, had goals. Once, I had asked her about my least favorite of her goals […]

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