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Hyphenated American

Not My Language, Still My Family

Anabel Costa argues that you don't need to speak the same language to become acquainted — you just have to know how to say "fucker."
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Fried Rice and Five Guys: The Struggles of an Asian Guy

Sam Suh searches for the cause of his roommate's terrible cooking skills.
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What Cultural Appropriation Means To Second-Generation Migrants

Raveen Sivashanker examines the role that second-generation migrants play in the cultural appropriation debate.
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Unpeeling the Layers of Identity: What “Asian-American” Means To Me

Refuting racial dichotomies, Pei Ja Anderson sets out to define "Asian-American" for herself.
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Beyond Bills: The Power of Paper

Miya Herzstein on redefining "support" through creative and cultural means.
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Family Vs. Self-Identity: Can You Have It Both Ways?

Examining cultural differences within her family, Melanie Ziment defines Judaism on her own terms.
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Not Your Exotic Babe: Navigating I.V. As Ethnically Ambiguous

Anna Roy breaks down why pickup lines that fetishize ethnic ambiguity are creepy, not cute.
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Perfect But Passive: The Problem With the ‘Model Minority’

Annabel Li breaks down the myth of the model minority.
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Growing Up Mixed

Kian Karamdashti examines the difficulties that come with growing up in a mixed-race household, and how that shaped his early adulthood.
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Pursue Your Passion or Please Your Parents?

What if the life you envision for yourself doesn't match up with the one your parents envision for you? Sanya Kamidi searches for a compromise.
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I Do Not Belong in the Motherland

Katherine Chen explores the complex reality of being caught between two identities.
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Where Birthright Went Wrong

Following her visit to Israel, Harper Lambert counters the narrative that the trip is politically neutral and propaganda-free.
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Jew-ish: The Gray Area of Being a Modern Jew

Hannah Jackson reflects on her experiences to explore the religious, cultural and ethnic nuances involved in identifying as Jewish in America today.
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A Love Letter to My Roots

Sanya Kamidi reflects on her cultural identity and what it means to be Indian.
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