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We’ve lost all concept of the word ‘racism’. It’s weird because racism is all around us like air and we don’t argue about what’s air. Racism is now either everything or nothing. For example, if I say I prefer vanilla over chocolate, that could be construed as racist. Or, on the other side of idiocy, any incidents of racism are hoaxes, perpetuated by whiny people who seek attention. Racism is also now defined by only...

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“You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.” – Scarlett Johansson, July 2019. ScarJo is neither an idiot or a racist, but her annual insistence that she ought to have, as an actress, whatever role she seeks makes me question her naivete. As People of Color, can we keep forgiving white people of...

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Americans can learn a thing or two about protests from the city of Hong Kong. We’re witnessing a beautiful culture, a resilient people clinging on to democracy as its final miracle to save them from a cultural extinction event, inevitably coming in 2047. For those not in the know, Hong Kong is unique among Chinese cities because it was British-owned until 1997, when Communist China took over. Hong Kong was spoiled by democracy, often sporting...

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I am Asian. Your reaction was probably one of disbelief. You may have rolled your eyes, or maybe even squinted at the screen. Let’s try again. I am Black. Yep, that’s more like it. You’re nodding your head. You’re thinking, “That makes much more sense.” Okay, so what if I told you I’m both? Ah, yes, there it is. In the 20 years I’ve been walking on this earth, I have to say that the second...

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Living in New York for three years, I’ve learned that there are many reasons to like it, but only one true reason it’s worth putting up with seven months of freezing weather, insane rent and rats. Restaurants. New York has so much diverse good food that the Statue of Liberty should’ve been a brick oven artichoke heart pizza. Good food is the one thing 8.623 million people agree on other than the Knicks suck. Dates...

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Recently, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to pass gay marriage legislation. This is exciting, but sad for a lot of reasons, because it spotlights the taboo of LGBTQ in our communities. To say Asians are against LGBTQ is inaccurate; queerness in our communities is more like a fiction, a phase, a small deal that’s not real important like a pharmacy degree. Our apathy is worse than homophobia, it buries the very existence of gays...

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Someone recently asked on Twitter, “I would like to ask everyone to please respond with how old you were when you first realized racism existed in this world [and] I would like white people to come back in a few hours and read the differences in the experiences.” I was about five or six when I learned about racism. It was my first day in kindergarten and up until that point, as an only child,...

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When people say the words “Asian massage parlor”, what do most people think of? Happy endings. Robert Kraft. Sex. In a way, this is our community’s own doing. I came to this country about a decade ago and learned that I had to do anything to survive. Us immigrants don’t understand the average American’s judgment of this. We pick up American hypocrisy and double standards really quickly. In fact, many Americans aren’t aware of their...

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It’s so fashionable to blame white people now. Blaming white people is no longer “edgy”. It’s gotten to the point where defending them is kind of the new PoC radicalism. But I want to know something: why is it nearly universal that every white person I met or read in the news feel like they need to save something? This is why people of color are hesitant on sharing things; because PoC tend to view...

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Andrew Yang wants to be your president and give you a free $1000 every month. Why every American hasn’t leapt up and spread his name around by now is partly because Yang has been running his campaign like a model minority. AKA, speak softly, hope to get noticed. I like Yang, and a lot of it started out solely because he is Asian, but after really hearing him out, I mostly like him now because...

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