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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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As someone who likes consistency and realness, I hate holidays. This idea that we’re supposed to stop and dedicate certain days to remind ourselves of common ideas is ridiculous. We should be kind to our moms year-round, every now and then treat our spouses to something nice and make resolutions in June. There’s even a holiday to remind us we should be thankful when, really, the other 363 days, we should be thankful too. Holidays...

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Imagine one day that you show up to work and you expect everything to be normal. Why wouldn’t you? You work hard, you’re honest, you give nobody a reason to club you to death with a hammer. The problem is, someone out there doesn’t like you. They don’t like you for the color of your skin. They don’t like you because they perceive you a threat to your own community. Why? Because the media painted...

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Have you ever come across a meme that is so hilarious you get those deep belly laughs, you’re crying tears of laughter and sharing the heck out of it? Yeah, I feel you. And in the prime age of Twitter and Instagram, it’s hard not to stumble upon these comedy gems every once in a while. But let’s not forget about Facebook. There lies the home of a group that brings me so much joy: subtle...

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… for your book or product, with exercises to try out. Everybody knows at least 5 cult classics without even thinking. These are 5 of mine off the top of my head: Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, 50 Shades, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Secret History. How did they become cults? How do you attract passionate devotees? Followers who adore your product which is then referred to as a cult classic? If you have created...

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ArticlesFifty Shades of Subtle Racism

January 17, 2019244511 min

“That white girl cannot possibly be your daughter, so I am just going to talk to the man behind you, who actually looks like her father!” …No, the cashier at the department store did not actually say that, but she could as well have done just that. More on that later. Growing up, I used to stay away from racism—and by that, I mean actively avoiding racist-themed books, movies, and other forms of narrated life....

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