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Trump Ends DACA, Impacting Around 800,000 Undocumented Youth

September 6 • by Elaine Low

This morning, the White House (under the direction of Trump) announced that it is ending DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era initiative that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The move impacts around 800,000 children and young adults, but gives Congress a six-month window…


Miss Hawaii and Miss Nebraska Speak Out on the Trump Controversy

July 11 • by Elaine Low

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump burned bridges with Miss USA partners and sponsors after calling undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals”—a move that promoted the original lineup of hosts, broadcasting partner NBC, and a slew of sponsors to flee from the pageant. But that hasn’t deterred Sunday’s contestants from looking forward to taking the stage. Mochi chatted with Miss Hawaii, Emma Wo, and Miss Nebraska,…


Mochi Reacts: The Racial Implications of the New York Times’s Nail Exposé

May 15 • by Tiffany Ayuda

Last week, the New York Times ran a groundbreaking article, “The Price of Nice Nails,” exposing the maltreatment of manicurists and workers in New York City nail salons. For any working woman, $10 paint jobs are a bargain compared to the city’s many luxury nail salons, some of which may charge $50 per manicure or…


How You Can Help the Philippines

November 13 • by Zhi Bo Deng

Typhoon Haiyan, a Category 5 storm known locally as Yolanda, hit the Philippines on Friday with winds from 195 to 235mph. In comparison, the LA Times has reported that Hurricane Katrina had winds up to 129 mph when it hit land in 2005. Authorities in the Philippines report an official death toll of 1,774, but…