Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

Was It Yellow Fever?

The Privileged Protestor

Asian chicks. They got the brains, the looks, and the bod. Or so they say. “I can’t explain it—it’s just an attraction.” We had been dating for a few weeks and, until then, everything had felt like a dream. He was the fourth white man who had directly confessed his
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Maggie Lam_Online

Choosing myself over white people

Melting into the pot

On the night of the summer solstice, I sat on my co-op’s lower roof with my new housemate Emily as we stared off into the fading sunset, admiring the rainbow haze that lingered after a long, overwhelming day of sun. Although Emily and I had only interacted a few times
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Elena Stacy_Online

A rough start

Doing Okay (Kind Of)

It was the Saturday after my first week of college. I sat at home in my bedroom and dabbed my crusty eyes with a hot rag, Harry Potter on in the background. I was surrounded by DayQuil, Ibuprofen and a bottle of antibiotic eyedrops. As I coughed heavily, I thought,
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Ilaf

Food for thought during Ramadan

The Jaded Pessimist

Insomnia pried my eyes open and painted thick black circles underneath them at a time when I didn’t have the mercy of coffee to spare me. The sixth night of Ramadan, I turned off the lights at midnight, begrudgingly tucked away my electronics, and sat there, waiting for sleep to
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Without homeland, but without owner

Off the Beat

When I was first learning to speak, I had a huge amount of trouble pronouncing the word “abuelo.” Not that I really remember, but so I’ve been told. My cousin got it just fine, but I never really had the verbal dexterity for it so I called my grandfather “Abo.”
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Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

I can only imagine

The Privileged Protestor

The first time I saw a non-heterosexual couple was about nine years ago. I was 11 years old, freshly emigrated from South Korea. My family and I were on a classic touristy visit to San Francisco, driving around practically identical vistas in an attempt to get a picture-perfect shot of
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David Gayton_Online

Religion slaughters 49

Semper Feuilleton

As the nation tries to make sense of the mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend, issues such as gun control, mental illness and Islamic extremism have resurfaced throughout national news headlines. While the Republican presumptive nominee scampers to place Islamic extremists at the center of
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Maggie Lam_Online

Speaking out

Melting into the pot

June 6’s encounter with the white devil was a rude awakening. While surrounded by Becky, her white male guest known by the name of Resting Dick Face, and my best friend, a blond-haired, blue-eyed angel with the cuddly personality of a yellow lab, I awoke from a daydream when I
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Ilaf

A suburban mom with no kids

The Jaded Pessimist

On the morning of May 18, I woke up to birds chirping in place of sirens. I woke up to the fresh aroma of puttu instead of soggy cereal. I woke up to suburbia. After five years of not going to the motherland, my parents finally booked three round trip
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Yoojin Shin_Online_Zainab Ali

It’s time to be vulnerable

The Privileged Protester

It’s a warm Friday afternoon, and I’m sitting in a cafe sipping on a huge tub of matcha latte. As a remote freelancer of two years, my excuse has always been that overpriced liquids get my creative juices flowing — cappuccinos, matcha lattes and white mochas allow me to get
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