When I was 13 years old, my mom let me buy a tube of foundation for the first time. I had been asking – begging – for her permission for months. Pocketing the $5 bill she gave me, I walked to my local drugstore with my best friend, beyond excited […]
It has been over a year since Colin Kaepernick first decided to sit down for the national anthem before a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans to protest the ongoing incidents of police brutality against African-Americans. He finally broke headlines after going unnoticed for weeks, when […]
In these turbulent political times, many have reconsidered the place of high profile awards ceremonies in American culture and society. Few critics, however, seem to note that the Academy Awards has historically operated on a troubling dual message.
Five years old. The Bronx. Playing in a park. Woman rams her bicycle handlebar into my eye, muttering “terrorist.” Eight years old. Stop trying to learn Telugu. You shouldn’t speak it, people look wary when mom and dad speak it. It doesn’t matter that you’re a Hindu—you’re brown. Preteen. Stay […]
I grew up with the idea that mental illness wasn’t real. “It’s an excuse,” my mom would say to me, “You’re lazy, so you have ADD. You want to complain, so you have depression.” In a predominantly Asian suburb, this was a piece of common knowledge imparted by our traditional […]
Dichotomy and juxtaposition are two words that University of Pennsylvania students love to use (and to hate, because Penn students also hate everything). Dichotomy: noun di·chot·o·my \dī-ˈkä-tə-mē. : a difference between two opposite things : a division into two opposite groups Juxtaposition: noun jux·ta·po·si·tion \ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən\: the act or an instance of placing two or more […]
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” It was no anomaly that Donald Trump’s outrageous speeches on race and religion were greeted with zeal and a lead in the polls. In America and […]
“If you only read the kind of literature that reaffirms your preconceived ideas, then you end up in this very circular process—one in which you’re looking at art, literature for confirmation of preconceptions that you already have.” – Professor Lydie Moudileno Systems of privilege and social hierarchy don’t form overnight; […]