Of Kulfi and Kajals: How One Beauty Brand is Bridging the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation

Featured Image: Badal Patel Kulfi Beauty is as sweet as it is disruptive. While inclusivity is necessary for any industry, this upcoming NYC-based beauty brand is set on exploring something more — self-reflection and celebration. Through intentional storytelling, Kulfi boldly confronts colorism, classism, and patriarchal norms that have been historically embedded within the South Asian…

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Are You Taking Revenge by Procrastinating Your Bedtime?

Featured Illustration: Shoko Ishida Have you ever heard of revenge bedtime procrastination? You might have or not, but it is a phenomenon I believe many of us will relate to. Have you ever had a rough day, filled with chores and responsibilities — be it work, home, or school? You then end the day exhausted…

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Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world…

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Tackling Colorism in Asian Communities

Featured Illustration: Katherine Tsai When we think of racism, the easiest thing that comes to mind is ignorant white folk and the ghost of colonialism past (is it though?) and the pain it has consequently brought us for years. What we sometimes fail to criticize, and even acknowledge at times, is the racism that exists…

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A Sailor Cruising Through Failure

Featured Illustration: Vero Romero “Thank you for submitting to ‘X’. After careful consideration, it was not chosen for publication. This does not reflect the quality of our work.” “Thank you for applying for our research position, but we cannot offer you a position at the moment.” More often than I would have liked, I had…

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My Religion

Featured Image: Drew Beamer Pray. Grasp these beads, they are your home For the temple lies within Pray. Sit beneath His feet Your body belongs to Him Terminate her image Her life in your mind Pray. Let the flame protect you Its gift in strength Ancestral intentions Words birthed upon infancy Burdens paralleled in honors…

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5 Things I Learned In 2018

(Featured Image: Selina Barker) Holiday season is over and university is about to start as I reflect on the past year and the progressions I’ve made. I think it’s safe to say that 2018 left me a mess. Good news though: we get to better ourselves for 2019! In the hopes of motivating myself to…

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Last Day (Cherry Blossom/Sakura)

I wonder if you still want to meet. Even if winter stays, Looking at you warms me Like no matter how we pierced Words at each other Somehow, I know we’re going to be okay I’ll be okay   I’m afraid to approach you After last night Covered ears, Will you still smile at me?…

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