One of my closest friends from high school and community college shared the following link on Facebook titled “ An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time” which made me think about my time at Santa Monica College and at UCLA. The article touches on the idea that taking longer to graduate is something that should not discourage an individual because graduating from college … Continue reading Graduation Deadline
The article, Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand by Monika Bartyzel highlights the fact that Disney princess-movie marketing strategies set many unrealistic expectations and are a harmful influence to a great majority of young people, especially to young girls. For instance, a negative influence suggested by Bartyzel is the racial stereotypes which most Disney movies have, including their princess brand. … Continue reading Valid and Deductive Argument on Monika Bartyzel’s “Girls on Film: The Real Problem with the Disney Princess Brand”
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”?
The airport is so big it makes me want to stretch out my arms toward the glass ceiling. The expanse of terminals and people and scanners and seats doesn’t match the size of my two aunties’ suitcases, stuffed to the brim with the latest fashions from Asia and souvenirs for me. “阿傑, we missed you so much,” they would tell me, hugging me as they … Continue reading Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler
Going vegan was never an easy decision. Since middle school I had always thought about going vegetarian or vegan because of my absolute love for animals, but it was not until college that I really put my values into action. Being away from home allowed me to stop and think about my family’s long history of obesity and heart problems. My family grew up very … Continue reading Guest Blog: “I am Hmong and Vegan” by Johnnie Yaj
Last week, I was walking through North Campus to the pass the time during a two-hour gap when it finally hit me – in five weeks I won’t have the opportunity to do this anymore. In five weeks, I’ll be holding a makeshift diploma, donned in cap and gown, smiling uncomfortably for photos my mom will probably try to frame on the living room wall. … Continue reading Be a Tourist
The concept of separating art from the artist is almost guaranteed to expose you to a midst of debates and arguments. Although it isn’t in my place to dictate what you should believe in, I’ve personally noticed a pattern when the majority of the public comes to an agreement that we should separate the two: fame and reputation. Remember Chris Brown and his physical violence … Continue reading What I’ve Noticed When It Comes to Separating Art from the Artist
I remember the police officer saying, “she must be a disappointment to her mother” and “these kids are always getting into trouble”. I started getting into trouble in middle school and I think it was because I didn’t have good communication with my family and often felt lonely. Getting into trouble was a cool thing to do like you were a badass until you were … Continue reading The Consequences of Labeling
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?
I like to think I’m a pretty nice guy. I never litter, opting instead to hold onto my gum wrappers and minty floss picks until I find a garbage can. I sometimes keep doors open for others when I’m the first one in a group to exit an establishment. Once, I told my boyfriend to help an old Chinese lady carry her suitcase as she … Continue reading Why are you so judgmental?
It’s possible to fall head over heels in love with an inanimate object. I know, because I did. The first time I held a Kindle in my hands, I was smitten by it. I had nearly every book available to me at one swipe, one tap of the thumb. Every book available to man was accessible in a device lighter than a single hardcover book! … Continue reading O Kindle my Kindle
After reading the article, “About a Boy “ by Margaret Talbot I became astonished at how smooth it was for Skylar a fourteen year old girl to transform into an F.T.M. or “female- to-male” transgender person. In my class discussion, I said that Skylar had the privilege that would make this transformation go smoother than others. The article starts off by describing how Skylar grew … Continue reading The Privilege of Undergoing Smooth Transformations
In times of fear, ignorance, and personal and political divide, it is more important than ever to possess a quality that is oftentimes overlooked: Compassion. A few weeks ago, I was scrolling down my Facebook feed when I came across something the Dalai Lama posted. “World peace can only be based on inner peace. If we ask what destroys our inner peace, it’s not weapons … Continue reading Compassion
You’ve been there before. You’re the one who sends the text to your friend at 6:32pm, have him read it at 6:33pm, and doesn’t receive a reply by the time you’re in bed at 1:12am. You’re the one who makes plans with your friend, which took countless days of back and forth, only to have him cancel on you for a more lit party down … Continue reading Rocks and Hard Places: Traversing the One-Sided Friendship
“What’s a diva?” “A what?” “A diva.” “Velvita?” “No. A diva.” “A diva?! You know like a diva. A princess boujee diva.” *** I don’t think I’ve ever been called a diva. But that’s probably because I’ve been called dramatic. And I am VERY dramatic. My drink isn’t great. It’s amazingly fantastic. When I’m upset I’m not sad. I’m ruined. So when I start to … Continue reading You’re Such a Diva
I’ve been told that an instrument is like a language – the older you get, the harder it is to master. When I mentioned to my friends that I wanted to play the violin, I received a few chuckles in response. I don’t blame the chucklers – I know what they’re thinking: aren’t you a little too old to start playing an instrument now? I … Continue reading What’s your violin?
“No take another one, I don’t like how I look in that one!” I tell my sister. “I think this one is good!” she says to me. To be honest, I never post the first attempt at taking a good picture of myself, and I’m sure ya’ll can relate. I remember when I first got 100 “likes” and I thought to myself finally I got … Continue reading “Likes” and the 1-5 System
Middle school. Twelve years old. Warm, blue day. I was standing in line to get school lunch with my best friend, minding my own business and focusing on getting my food when it happened— My head whipped to the left as soon as I heard it: “Ewww! Your nose is so big!” I faced a familiar boy my age, with large eyes filled … Continue reading Kylie Jenner: The Product of a Hypocritical Society
For years, I’ve been an avid fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a show about drag queens who compete against one another to win material prizes along with the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. Though the contestants are often the most polarizing characters, creator and host RuPaul has said some pretty contentious things throughout the show’s history. One of his most bothersome sayings is, “If … Continue reading Why You Don’t Have to Love Yourself to Love Someone Else
Every Thanksgiving is a treat for me because it’s an opportunity for me to witness how strong the sense of community is in my family. My mother is always the “head chef.” With a laundry list of tasks to complete before Thanksgiving dinner, everyone pitches in. The turkey needs to be defrosted a whole day in advance. The stuffing, ham, and yams are done the … Continue reading Home for Thanksgiving