CULTURE, FOOD & NUTRITION, LIFE

Once My Enemy, Now My Love

Featured Illustration: Ekaterina Kapranova During my elementary and middle school years, I dreaded lunch period because I was embarrassed to open up the stainless steel thermos my mom bought me from Target that was stuffed with Kebob or other Persian foods like Ghormeh Sabzi. I’d stare at the Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit […]

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LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH, WORLD ISSUES

Goodbye, Arch: Sharing Sorrow

South Africa lost a much-loved leader in Nobel Peace laureate and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, in December 2021. A kind and principled man and the moral compass for our country both during apartheid and after democracy in 1994, he fought vociferously to bring about change. He was an avid campaigner for international […]

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FOOD & NUTRITION, MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Catherine

Featured Artwork: ‘Anxiety’ by aaakeith Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders . . . Catherine comes over the night before  Thanksgiving with her mother   She was my first best friend my unofficial older sister the girl I wanted to be when I grew up   I was six She was nine   We had just read […]

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FOOD & NUTRITION, LIFE

The Ritual of Cooking Led Me Back to Myself

Featured Illustration: Alison Czinkota My earliest memory in the kitchen was at my grandfather’s elbow as he makes sweet potato pie, looking down at me, winking as he added an obscene amount of sugar. The scene continues to recreate itself. But I get taller, lankier, the kitchens change over time, but I was always at […]

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LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

Planning the new year doesn’t have to be so exhausting

Featured Illustration: Abbey Lossing I’ve always loved celebrating the New Year. On December 31st, we’d feast as we waited for the clock to strike midnight, and I’d look up to the sky to admire the fireworks, despite harboring deep resentment for loud noises. In pre-pandemic times, my village hosted dinner parties, which were the only […]

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CULTURE, EMPOWERMENT, FOOD & NUTRITION

Don’t Yuck My Yum

Featured Illustration: Jam Draws If you are on TikTok or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve come across at least a dozen mouth-watering cooking videos and tutorials on your daily feed that make even the most daunting dishes seem achievable. I follow a lot of Asian food content creators on social media for inspiration on what to […]

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FEMINISM, HEALTH & WELLNESS, WOMEN'S HEALTH

The Irony of Menopause

Featured Illustration: Aishwarya Viswamitra My name is Aishwarya Viswamitra and I am a final year Master’s student studying lived experiences of menopause in India. Through qualitative interviews with menopausal and postmenopausal people, one of my study’s aims is to study social structures that play a role in an Indian woman’s menopause. One woman’s narrative of […]

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