Race
Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

Fresh Off the Boat: The Start of a Solution

  A year ago, if you had asked me to name an Asian character on television, I would’ve stalled for a solid five minutes before naming a grand total of one– Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead. Now, I can name seven, a number that is simultaneously pathetically small and unusually large when applied to...
Barely Visible

Barely Visible

Illustration by Victoria Silveyra. When I was young I wanted to be everything at once. A knight, an astronaut, a writer. I realized I could use the stories I loved to become all these things and more. I soaked up stories in all their forms-in music, movies, TV shows, books-and let them become part of me....
Goodbye Whiteness

Goodbye Whiteness

  I remember the excitement and chaos that made up the fall of my senior year of high school. The college app process was in full swing. I was getting  brochures by the dozen, analyzing financial aid packages and drafting essays for all the potential schools I wanted to attend. Most of these schools had...
Setting the Example

Setting the Example

  “Yeah, Chinese people are so weird. They eat the strangest stuff.” I whipped around to see who was responsible for the offending comment and found myself looking back at the only other Chinese-American in the class. Several of our classmates surrounded him, giggling as they looked to him for reassurance before offering their own...
Don't Paint Yourself Yellow for a Little Bit of Gold

Don’t Paint Yourself Yellow for a Little Bit of Gold

  Illustration by Gita Labrador.  “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character,” said Horace Greeley, co-founder of the New Yorker and founder of the New York Tribune.
The Fruit of Our Labor: A Dissection of Classism and Racism in Produce Consumption

The Fruit of Our Labor: A Dissection of Classism and Racism in Produce Consumption

Illustration by Valentina Quiñonez. A professor of mine once brought up the importance of fruit and vegetables in the diets of humans. He brought up studies which highlighted the benefits of increased consumption of green vegetables, the countless nutrients in a variety of fruits, and most of all how ignorant most people are to these...
Navigating Friendships with White People

Navigating Friendships with White People

Illustration by Ashley Amado. Up until high school, every single one of my friends was white. When you took into account the fact that I went to a very white school in a very white community in the Deep South, the lack of diversity in my friend group was not surprising. The only problem was...
Growing Up Indian

Growing Up Indian

Illustration by Marie Ann Dt.   My world was 90% white, and the only colors I saw in my suburban town was eggshell, ivory and bleach. As a little brown girl undertaking the troubles of growing up, never meeting anyone like me was a certain hell.
The Stories Behind the Headlines

The Stories Behind the Headlines

Illustration by Regine De Mesa. Go Set a Watchman is not To Kill a Mockingbird.  While Mockingbird pulled at the heart, Watchman reaches for our brains as it looks at the nature of prejudice, the Southern identity, and the push-pull of generational differences.  Not every reader will find Watchman’s themes compelling, but those who are...
Oppression in Context

Oppression in Context

Illustration by Ashley Amado. As a writer for such an important magazine and movement, I’ve decided that I want to discuss the medium from which we are highlighting our points: language.  The English language is a tool and a medium of expression that has immense power. With words, the intangible chaos that is human thought...
With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

Illustration by Valentina Quiñonez.   For years, the definition of feminism has been the belief of equality between all genders. In a world and history characterized by the dominance of men, this movement strives to empower females. The original start of the feminist movement is unknown, for it reaches back over many centuries. However, the...
On Privileged Patriotism

On Privileged Patriotism

  Maybe I saw it first when Ariana Grande licked the donuts. She, in reference to this country’s obesity rate, said she hated America (and also proceeded to lick the donuts in a donut store). All in a day’s work for a 22-year-old, unfiltered pop star. Yet, her annoyed musings were scathingly dubbed offensive and...