The mutual exclusivity of politics and heritage

Jew-ish

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Is there an inherent divide between Zionism and left-wing politics? My parents are from Israel. My family has lived in the region for generations. With such heritage, it’s difficult for me to hold no bias, even though I’ve always prided myself on my impartiality and objectivity. Furthermore, I speak about
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Your body, your choice

Mommy Issues

I found out that I was pregnant at 13 weeks — already past my first trimester. I know it’s hard to believe. Even to this day, my mom thinks that I’m lying to her, that I found out about my pregnancy earlier but didn’t communicate. But I’m not lying; it’s
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Chumming the water

Miss Communication

At 10 p.m., sitting in one of four mustard-yellow lounge chairs in my living room, I open Grindr. A little green circle pops up at the bottom corner of my profile, indicating that I am online. I had released the bait, chummed the waters, so to speak, and patiently waited
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On uplifting its indigenous community, Berkeley must commit to making concrete changes

CITY AFFAIRS: Berkeley has made much progress on honoring its indigenous community members. But 27 years later, there is still much more to be done

Twenty-seven years ago, Berkeley was the first city in the United States to formally celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of the flawed holiday of Columbus Day. The city started a significant trend — almost 60 other cities across the country now celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. And while this holiday is
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Cal students need to vote in the November election

I’m a UC Berkeley alumna, and I have a favor to ask of all my fellow Golden Bears — this November, when the voting polls open, be there to take collective action. Be there to vote. As a UC Berkeley student, you’re either returning to or arriving at one of
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The acquired accent

Lost in Translation

“Don’t you dare come back with a fake accent.” I snorted disdainfully at these emotional parting words from my best friend, skillfully covering up the anguish and self-doubt that was welling up inside me. It’s a true testament to the power of UC Berkeley’s impostor syndrome that I began to
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A wild game in the sunshine state

On the Mark

“I think I got a parasite from eating an undercooked muskrat brain,” I said to the doctor and group of students at a school of Chinese medicine in Sarasota, Florida. I had been having digestive problems since eating the muskrat stew several months earlier at Teaching Drum Outdoor School in
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Narrating a nation

Between America and Me

I learnt curiosity from my father. To this day, my dad doesn’t quit until he’s read every page of every section of the four different newspapers we get delivered to our house every morning. As a child, I’d stare in amazement as he read every paper, even its classifieds, with
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