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July 2, 202022715 min

Those who know me, know I’m not one to open up and talk about my feelings easily. Sometimes, I hold in my thoughts and expressions for fear of being judged. I save those thoughts for people who’ve known me long enough. Sometimes, I have to put pen to paper (or rather, finger to keyboard) to express myself, so here it goes. The past few weeks have been rough. There has been some great stuff that’s...

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Like millions of others around the U.S., on April 5, 2020, I put on a homemade mask and headed out to the grocery store to get some essential goods. This trip was just days after the governor called on all citizens of Pennsylvania to wear a face covering when leaving home. As I pulled in the parking lot and got out of my car, my stomach dropped with an unfamiliar feeling — fear. For most...

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You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Vincent Chin. You’d also be forgiven if you’re Asian and don’t believe that racism happens either. Those two sentences are co-related. So many of us don’t know much about our own history and it will continue to happen until we begin conversations with stories like Vincent Chin. Thirty-eight years ago, Vincent Chin was murdered. It happened in Michigan during the collapse of the American auto industry, during...

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A recent tweet by Candace Owens came up in a recent discussion. In it, she said: “If white privilege exists — why are Asian-Americans the most successful group in America? If we award people based on race, why are Asians the top-earners with [the] best credit and the highest educational achievements? It’s almost as if liberals are completely full of shit.” Here are my thoughts: Invoking racist stereotypes like the Model Minority Myth is bullshit...

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Some of my Asian American friends have reached out to me and asked, “how can I help? I’ve realized my whole entire life that while I was not racist, I have not been anti-racist. How can I do better?” Given that the U.S. economy and political system are rooted in anti-blackness, claiming our place in America means that we must take a position when faced with the separate but unequal worlds of whiteness and blackness....

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I’m getting real sick of seeing #RooftopAsian2020 hashtag. So, to all my Asian brothers and sisters, this is for you. First off, it wasn’t Rooftop Asians ’92, it was Rooftop KOREANS ’92. Why is this distinction important? Because it’s a giant shameful bloodstain in the history of Korean Americans. Here’s where we have a fun history lesson: Koreatown became a thing because the neighborhood was considered undesirable due to its close proximity to Black neighborhoods....

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Let’s get this out of the way: Tou Thao is a despicable human being. M.P.D. Badge #7162 has a history of excessive brutality and a settled out-of-court case for $25,000. He’s the Asian cop in the infamous George Floyd murder video and his immoral professional choices should absolutely be condemned. The defend-Asians-no-matter-what crowd is wrong here; put the tribalism aside and sit this one out. What disturbs me is that in America, if someone who...

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So, I’ve got a story to tell. In these times of violence against Asians, I don’t feel it’s “right” to speak negatively against my kind. But then again, that’s always been the problem. Taking sides means seeing the world in black and white, and while articles about harassment and saying China Virus is racist are abundant, I’ve been a witness to a problem started by our community that’s been under spoken. Since December of last...

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In the Western world, everything has to be put into a prism of race, including, ironically, a virus that indiscriminately kills people. Asians have been talking about xenophobia as though it either didn’t exist or it only happens to other communities, but now that it’s here, we’re stepping on our soapboxes and educating the world as if it didn’t already know. In New York, an Asian was assaulted for wearing a face mask, in Los...

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I am sure you guys all love food! I mean people say “you should not live to eat, but eat to live.” However, HyuneeEats might change your mind on that with the beautiful way she displays food to entice your appetite as well as your eyes! BELOW ARE 12 REASONS WHY I LOVE HYUNEEEATS AND WHY YOU ALL SHOULD CHECK HER OUT AND BECOME A HYUNEEBEE TOO (: <3   1) Noodles, poke, sushi, kimchi...

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