Reflections on AAPI Heritage Month

Featured Image: PBS SoCal May is a pleasant time of year. It’s when we trade in our textbooks and pages of Statistics notes for picnics outside in the mild weather. For many Asians and Pacific Islanders across the U.S, May is special for another reason. May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage…

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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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Taking Back the Spotlight: Modest Muslim Fashion

Featured Image: CULTURE Hijab Co. The perception of Muslim women in the mainstream has been, for the lack of a better term, depressing. For Muslim women who wear the hijab, the situation becomes even more dismal. Those who actively put themselves out into the world as identifiable Muslims face criticism about how they wear the…

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Am I Too Brown, or Not Brown Enough: Why We Have to Drop the Whitewashing Rhetoric

Featured Artwork: Manjit Thapp “So, you’ve really never watched any of the classic Bollywood movies?” asked a brown girl I had just met at a friend’s party.  “Not even Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? Or Kal Ho Naa Ho?!” With a sheepish grin, I shook my head at each one. “Uh no, I’ve really only seen…

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Thoughts From Asian Artists in Europe During COVID-19

As stilted as this may sound, this Lunar New Year was marked by the COVID-19 outbreak for my family. My mother took one of the last planes from Beijing back to Paris, while my grandmother was to stay home indefinitely. As they gathered as much information as they could at the dawn of the epidemic,…

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Do You Feel As Good As You Look?

Featured Artwork: Rocco Baviera A Short Story About Fashion and Homelessness It was a few days before my 25th birthday and I decided to have my party early because all my friends were going to be with their families for Thanksgiving. It was an unusually cold November night; in fact, it was November 16th, 2013,…

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A Heartbreaking Experience

Featured Image: Markus Spiske It was just another typical autumn day in Arkansas. Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in “The Natural State.” The overabundance of nature, coupled with the cleanliness of the Northwest portion, leaves one in awe of their surroundings. Trees of all sizes and shapes shed leaves of all hues and…

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Why The South-Asian Diaspora Should Oppose Modi’s India

Featured Artwork: Zainab Being proud of your culture and far-right religious nationalism is not the same thing and they will never be. A concept people have always struggled to grasp is that you can indeed have a love for your country and still advocate against the oppressive and corrupt forces that control it. To put…

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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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