Careers for Bilingual Speakers

As the world becomes increasingly connected through globalization, the ability to speak more than one language has become increasingly crucial in the workplace. This week, I’ve compiled a list of interesting careers that are suitable for bilingual people. Social Worker (Avg. $43,619) – A social worker is heavily involved in personal details of their client’s lives. They are often tasked with visiting families, identifying their … Continue reading Careers for Bilingual Speakers

Made in America: Popular “Chinese” Food

After making a recipe book as my creative project for one of my Asian American Studies classes, I couldn’t stop thinking about food. We often consume without much thought but there are so much culture and history behind each dish. I wanted to devote this blog post to the supposed “Chinese” foods that were created in America. Below is a list of some interesting dishes … Continue reading Made in America: Popular “Chinese” Food

It Is In Mortality That We Learn About Life

On Monday morning as I traipsed to class, I happened to glance at an advertisement about the charms of the anthropology major: “It is in mortality that we learn about life.” Odd, but somehow, the statement commanded verity. I nodded mentally in acknowledgement and continued past the poster. The rest of the day wore on with classes, chores, meetings, and work. By the time I … Continue reading It Is In Mortality That We Learn About Life

Privileged Complexions

Why do light skinned people in all Races and Ethnicities have more Privilege than their darker complexion counter parts? As I was growing up, I was constantly praised for my light skin and light brown hair. My classmates would tell me that they were jealous of my skin color and told me that I was prettier than them because of it. As an eight year … Continue reading Privileged Complexions

Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

On the first day of senior year in highschool, I walked into my AP US Government class nervous and expectant; nervous because it was my first class of the day and expectant because it was an elective I chose on my own. It only took forty minutes, the duration of the class, for me to realize that the class would be difficult. For one, I … Continue reading Chopstick Noises: Being Political as an Asian American

If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Political engagement is the theme for the Writing Success Program’s developmental blog this quarter. Naturally, this context made me wonder about whether I’ve been doing my part to fulfill my civic duty as an American citizen. And in the wake of the passing new year, I’ve spent countless hours reflecting on all of the events that happened during 2017. Because of the American media’s propensity … Continue reading If Not You, Who?: The Dangers of Political Indifference

Politics? What Politics?

I feel I am not political at all. It’s almost embarrassing to say, but I am not political at all. Being raised in a household where the main religion is Jehovah Witness, politics are avoided and not talked about. I know I can educate myself on the subject since I am now an adult and can think for myself; however, I have been bounded by … Continue reading Politics? What Politics?

What Makes a Person Political?

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to the Winter 2018 Developmental Blog question: What makes you political?  What makes a person political? Well, it’s hard to say. Anything happening in one’s life can change his perception and ideology of the world, and what we call Democrats or Republicans are merely the two typical modes of ideologies that … Continue reading What Makes a Person Political?

Music on My Mind

The following piece is written by Maggie Bui, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  The light dims and the audience holds its breath in anticipation. The sound of rotating helicopter blades fills the theater for a good ten seconds. Then, the conductor looks to the percussion section, and with a swish of his … Continue reading Music on My Mind

When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

The following piece is written by Keson Chen, a WSP Winter 2018 intern, responding to a Janet Brown power question: When am I most naturally myself?  When am I most naturally myself? When I pose this question to myself, I somehow feel it would be better to rephrase the question as following “When does my beginner’s mind manifest itself?” Since the beginner’s mind is a … Continue reading When I Am Most Naturally Myself, and What to Do With It

One City, Multiple Ethnic Enclaves

With Spring Break just around the corner, I decided to compile a list of different ethnic enclaves in Los Angeles. Visiting these enclaves is a great way to immerse yourself in culture and experience something different. Chinatown Located in downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown is easy to spot with entrances like the Twin Dragon Towers Gateway. LA’s Chinatown has been around since the 19th Century and … Continue reading One City, Multiple Ethnic Enclaves

Tips on Writing Timed Essays

This is an archived post by Pegah Mahmoud originally published on May 15, 2017. This article talks about how to write timed essays, such as those that you would write in class during midterms and finals.   Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. All you can hear is the resonating sound of the clock, letting you know how much time you’ve already wasted just by paying attention … Continue reading Tips on Writing Timed Essays

Tips for Reading Difficult or Challenging Material

It’s hard to read long, extensive works; it’s harder to read them in an unfamiliar language. Recently, someone came into my drop-in’s and asked for advice on effective methods to read long research papers in preparation for her final. I thought it might be a question that a lot of people are curious about so I decided to do some research. Below are some tips … Continue reading Tips for Reading Difficult or Challenging Material

The Politics Behind the Hyphenated Identity

In the United States, the term “hyphenated American” refers to the use of a hyphen (-) between the name of an ethnicity and the word “American.” You might have seen “Asian American” written as “Asian-American.” The hyphenated American concept came into existence during the second wave of immigration, which was from 1820 to 1890, as a way to encourage assimilation. Arriving immigrants added the hyphenated … Continue reading The Politics Behind the Hyphenated Identity

On Writing: How to Improve the Quality of Your Writing

Learning to improve your writing can be really difficult, especially when you have to incorporate difficult topics into your papers. Here are some tips to help you improve the quality of your writing:   Brainstorm This allows you to sit down and think about the concepts that you are learning in your classes. When you skip this step, you waste valuable time by trying to … Continue reading On Writing: How to Improve the Quality of Your Writing

Lunar New Year Phrases

If you’re seeing red after Valentine’s Day, it’s probably because of Lunar New Year. Red is often associated with the holiday because it symbolizes good fortune and joy. Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year for Asian communities. Since it follows the cycle of the moon, the date is different each year. This year’s Lunar New Year falls on … Continue reading Lunar New Year Phrases

Dispelling Five Common Myths About Teaching ESL/ELL to Write

1) Myth: The ultimate goal for ESL/ELL learners is to speak/write like native-language speakers. When teachers think the ultimate goals for ESL/ELL learners is to speak and write like native-language speakers, they usually focus on the surface structure of the language–making sure students “sound” like a native rather than actually understanding what is being said. It’s one thing imitate the speaking and writing of native-language … Continue reading Dispelling Five Common Myths About Teaching ESL/ELL to Write

Character Creation

Make characters that jump off the page and wag their finger at you; characters that lead armies into epic battles on your coffee table or cuddle up on your shoulder for a quick nap; characters that pilot jet planes in circle-eights around your head or trek into the great unknown called Underthebed with just a backpack. Your characters should come alive, enthralling your readers. Your … Continue reading Character Creation