Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Here’s a problem that has plagued literature lovers through the years: you like reading, but books are expensive. How do you satisfy your bibliophilia if you don’t have money? While the library used to be the go-to place for penny-pinching readers in the past, the Internet is the modern poor reader’s lifeblood. From blogs to poetry to short stories to full-length novels, the Internet makes … Continue reading Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Wealth. Fame. Beauty. Social status. We have a profound obsession with affluence in America — and it’s spreading. In Generation Wealth, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield has documented the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status over the past 25 years through 195 prints, 42 interviews, and accompanying multimedia projections and short films. Located at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the exhibit is … Continue reading Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Okay, let’s just dive right into a difficult topic: race. Disclaimer: it’s going to be messy, since I’m not used to talking about race, but I feel it has to be done. I have always been confused about the term “people of color” (PoC) and my relationship to that category. As a Korean, am I included when people talk about “people of color”? While various … Continue reading Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Daily Tidbit: Quote about Literacy

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Quote about Literacy

Hangul: The Democratic Alphabet

We see writing everywhere in our daily lives, but we rarely stop to think about where these squiggly lines came from and how they came to represent words. Some written languages came about thousands of years ago when they were developed from simplified drawings. Others combined writing systems that existed before them in a mix-and-match style to create their own unique writing. Still others sprung … Continue reading Hangul: The Democratic Alphabet

Daily Tidbit: A Brief History of the Green Card

Information adapted from CitizenPath. The green card has changed many times since its inception in 1940 after World War II. The First Green Card (1940-1977) The Alien Registration Act of 1940 required all foreign-born persons in the U.S. 14 years of age and older to be fingerprinted and register their presence at a U.S. post office. The forms were forwarded to the Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS), … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: A Brief History of the Green Card

Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

For busy college students like me whose reading mainly consists of textbooks and articles for class, or anyone with little time on their hands, reading full-length novels from start to finish can feel quite daunting. Luckily, there are all kinds of things to read in the bookstore, the library, or out in the World Wide Web — from 500-plus page novels, to shorter novellas or … Continue reading Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights

UCLA is home to a wide array of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Located in Los Angeles, which is quite appropriately known as a multi-cultural melting pot, UCLA boasts a special claim to fame as one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Diversity is one of UCLA’s core values because it allows the school “to provide a broad, enriching educational experience that … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights

Is It Possible to be Too Friendly?

In general, friendliness is seen as a good trait to have. Friendly people show us that we are liked, which makes us feel good or accepted. But can one be too friendly? Certainly the creators of The School of Life video “The Problem with Over-Friendly People” think so. The video lays out three problems with “over-friendly” people: They don’t seem to have their own opinion and agree with anything. They compliment … Continue reading Is It Possible to be Too Friendly?

Daily Tidbit: Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? According to Mindful, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It has roots in Buddhist traditions of meditation, but research has shown mindfulness to have actual physiological benefits for our brains! UCLA has its own Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mindfulness

Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise

First, just look up. A minute, even thirty seconds will do. What do you see? Right now, I’m in a library. The ceiling is a high eight-sided rotunda. Eight isosceles triangles curve gently up to meet at a twelve-pointed star in the middle. The surface is rough stucco, the color burnt orange. A light rose-colored strip of plaster rims the eight sides of the ceiling. … Continue reading Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise

Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

What’s your favorite song? Write a short story based off of your favorite song. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email indicating whether or not you want your writing to be posted on the blog for you (if … Continue reading Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done

Tattled on a close friend in 5th grade? Road-raged down the 405? Reflect on your inner devil this weekend and write about the worst thing you have ever done. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email … Continue reading Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done