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Fleeting Senses of Culture as a Third Generation Filipina American

It’s Saturday morning on move-in day for my first year of college. All my things are crammed into the trunk, under the seats, and in front of my siblings’...

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Growing into my Transracial Adoptee Identity

Lost in a sea of wavy blonde locks and blue irises, my straight black hair and brown eyes set me apart from classmates, teachers and family alike. For as long...

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Not Good Enough: Examining the Model Minority Ideal in a Time of Racial Reckoning

Am I like the overseer of a plantation? The question comes to mind during a masked walk in Golden Gate Park, out of the drumbeat of Ahmaud Arbery … George...

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Rediscovering my Asian American Heritage

Even without the coronavirus taking 2020 hostage, this year had already been anything but normal for me. In late February, my grandmother, Misao...

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How K-pop Band BTS Gave Me Permission to Be a Woman Who Wants

The following article is an op-ed that expresses the writer’s personal opinions.  It is transgressive for a woman to want. We are told by society that...

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I’m Chinese and I’m Tan, and That’s Okay

“Wow, Amy, you got really tan.”   Two people I love told me this recently. They implied very different things.   For my white fiancé,...

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Foreigner Here, Foreigner There: A Free Verse Poem

They call us the model minority… and I get it. I get that when my parents arrived, they did so silently. They cleaned toilets and mopped floors without...

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Auntie Mochi’s Sad But True Guide to Friendship in Your 30s and 40s

Excuse me while I show my age, but whenever I think of friendship, I cannot help but think of Zack Attack from the show “Saved by the Bell” and their song...

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The Social Education of College

My entire life has been about college—and not because I had overbearing parents or overwhelming school pressure, but because I set my own ambitions to a...

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Love in the Time of Representation

On a recent flight to London, I was tapping through the movie list and there it was under the newly added section: “Crazy Rich Asians.” Though I had seen...

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