National Obsession: Tales of the Homewrecker

Infidelity is commonly regarded as taboo, a dirty little secret made for dimly lit corners of public spaces or encrypted online conversations. This is somewhat the basis of its appeal: the thrill of trying not to get caught, and the succeeding confidence boost that comes with obtaining something one isn’t meant to have. But here…

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National Obsession: The Dark Side of Filipino Love Teams

The Filipino language takes pride in its wide collection of “untranslatable” words. But the most intriguing one of them all has to be kilig. When you ask someone to explain what the term means, they almost always pause to collect their thoughts, attempt to link the feeling to physical sensations — butterflies in the stomach,…

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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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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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Tik Tok Therapists: Ending the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health One Video at a Time

Featured Image: Yahoo! News An app that once had teenagers as its main audience has reached a broader spectrum of users. Therapists are also using Tik Tok in order to combat the stigma that surrounds anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. With quarantine and state lockdowns, being in isolation can have significant detrimental consequences. According…

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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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For the Culture, By the Culture: How YouTube Channel ‘Pero Like’ Gives a Voice to Latinx and Hispanic Communities

In 2016, YouTube Channel and Facebook page Pero Like, on behalf of mother-company Buzzfeed, was founded as a digital platform specifically catering to Latinx voices. This platform showcases talented Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Hondurans and more, who create relatable content about everything from abuela’s crazy cleaning habits to depictions of different Latinx uncles, Selena…

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The Borders Between Roop and Satya: ‘Kalank’ Review

“When someone else’s destruction seems like your victory, then there is no soul more broken than yours in this world.” –Kalank (2019) Kalank is a film that takes place in 1945 India during the pre-colonial era, and it is a film solely successful due to the web of words that the writers, Hussain Dalal and…

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The Bollywood Effect: Women in Indian Cinema

From Saira Banu to Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood, the Indian film fraternity, has been a part of Indian society for more than 106 years. In recent years, however, Bollywood has become an integral division of Indian society. It has become a source that has a large impact on the thoughts, dreams, and goals of the Indian…

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