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Since I am a Vietnamese American and have struggled with my identity as I have grown up, I thought it would be the best topic to start my blog with. What does it mean to be American? I am honestly curious how different people from different ethnic backgrounds answer that question with our common connection as American citizens. There was this Psychology teacher at my high school (who I never had) and he said something...

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SNL excited us with Bowen Yang, but the news of the show’s first Asian-American cast member lasted about as long as a Venus sunny day. Within hours, audio from Shane Gillis, another newly casted SNL member, surfaced and clouded over our victory parade. Check out his comments on full display here: Gillis quickly apologized after the video went viral, but the incident offered an opportunity to discuss an under-spoken topic: Bigotry against Asians is more...

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“We’re going! If you can’t handle being around people, you shouldn’t be around people. So, we’re going!” And that little piece of conversation is how I could have gotten arrested tonight. Context: After a long day at an amusement park, I headed out to one of the local fish markets with my partner and our seven-year-old daughter to pick up dinner. (And to add to the context, I should mention that my daughter is Caucasian...

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Hey, you. I don’t know who you are, but you’re beautiful, and I don’t mean that in any regard to your looks — I don’t know who is reading this at this very second. So, yeah, you are anonymous, and you are beautiful. You know what else you are? Alive. That’s the only thing I know about you. And, I guess, that you can read, or be read to. Yes, you’re alive right now, because...

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I am a Jeremy Lin fan. I am obnoxiously stubborn about what could’ve been and I cheer for him solely because he’s Asian (and a good guy). I like to say he’s won a championship even though he merely dribbled the ball for a garbage minute. Linsanity was two of the best damn weeks of my life. I followed any team that had him, even when it was the crappy Hornets. I was a Lakers...

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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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