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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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ArticlesWhy Asian Pride Matters

May 4, 2019123113 min

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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A few years ago, I lived in Cape Town for some time with my partner and our then two-year-old daughter. The former was collaborating with the university there, through his PhD project, while the latter was … well, doing her best at being two. As for me, coming from Sweden with the luxury of sharing 480 days of paid parental leave between me and my partner (and that is why I love paying Swedish taxes),...

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Sometime last year, I stared at a wall for thirty minutes. I was really sad and wanted to die, except I didn’t really want to, just that it felt like I was falling from a cliff and I was holding on for dear life against an inevitable fall. I saw a therapist and she told me I had depression. I told her she was wrong. I don’t get depression. I’m a happy person, a strong...

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Recently, the non-profit group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued Harvard university for racial discrimination against Asian-American. Ever since, Harvard has been a breeding ground for controversy. It has caused some Asian Americans to rally against affirmative action as they see it as a platform to keep Asian Americans out of elite institutions. Others defend it to promote the interests of people of color. It’s no secret that although Asian Americans consistently score higher on...

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My mom shook her shaman’s cymbal-like bells and began chanting while standing on top of her wooden bench. Nyob zoo, koj tuaj los. (Hello, welcome.) I greeted the guests at our door with a warm smile. The males entered in and walk straight to the main living space, shaking each of the other males’ hand in the room. While the females walked awkwardly into the kitchen, standing still asking what sort of work needs to...

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