These WOC are Challenging the Stereotypical Asian Definition of Success

What does success look like to you? Generally, you would expect a unique answer from most people you ask this question to. But for many children of immigrants and their parents, their response to this question echoes one of the most deeply-rooted stereotypes socially constructed within immigrant cultures. Too often, children of immigrants are pushed…

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Butterfly Wings Made From a Dollar Bill

Featured Artwork: Nick Matej Disclaimer: This is a piece I wrote for a memoir class. . . . Eggs The Dominican 200 bill holds the faces of not one, but three women. Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria. Three sisters, to be exact. The bill bleeds different shades of pink throughout, but the women are historically…

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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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Learning To Embrace My Nationality

Featured Artwork: Kalsang Tsultrim I remember my first day in primary school in Singapore. I was eight. I stood in front of the classroom, fingers clasped behind my back. I felt nervous. I felt exposed. My body language invited people in, invited judgment, invited people to form opinions about me without even knowing me. The…

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We’re All Racist

Featured Artwork: Chelsea Beck Why Legal Reform Alone Is Not Enough You might have read the title of this article and immediately thought it could not possibly apply to you. After all, how could you be racist when you’ve been going to protests, posting Instagram stories and retweets all day, calling your representatives, and signing…

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Between the World and Me: A book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Featured Image: The Atlantic Have you ever felt fearful of your body growing up? Have you ever felt unsettled with your own identity? Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates talks about the apprehensive state in which he grew up in his book, Between the World and Me. He confides all his intimate concerns, worries and agitations to his…

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Yemen: Why The World Needs To Wake Up

Yemen, the country once known as the land of the happy and fortunate is far from its pre-existing glory.  The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing war that began back in 2015, between the Yemeni government and the Houthi-led rebels, a coalition backed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia along with the U.S. The war…

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Noname and the Power of Radicalization Through Reading

Featured Image: Chantal Anderson Following recent events in the United States with the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, people have been asking themselves about where society went wrong. People all around the country are advocating for a different system, one that doesn’t end with mass incarceration, over-policed neighborhoods of…

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How Colonialism Lives On

Featured Artwork: Hildibrand Colonial hangover is an extensively discussed subject in the subcontinent, with many of its educated elite openly denouncing it, and many calls for a replenished identity. There are overt manifestations of the British legacy — in clothing, the burden of a necessary “English-medium”, the fan-mangled accents, the “settler abroad” aspiration. All of…

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