Self Study

Just Fucking Call Your Grandparents Already

Jonathan Kim reflects on the valuable lessons he's learned from his grandparents as he urges everyone to drop what they're doing and give their own a call today.
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A Closer Look at America’s Caste System

Surya Swaroop discusses her own experiences with caste systems and imparts that all caste systems should be dismantled.
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Roll Call Racism: The Power In Pronunciation

Atmika Iyer unpacks her own lifelong struggle to reconcile conflicting aspects of her identity in examining its inextricable link to something as fundamental as her name.
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Being Asian American in the Time of COVID-19

The nature of the pandemic and escalation of racism against Asian Americans has made me reflect on my own identity.
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UCSB: From Wonderbread World to Home

CCS Professor Jervey Tervalon writes about experiencing the education system as a person of color.
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Swipe Left On Birthright Israel

Emily Kocis writes about why the concept of a Jewish birthright to Israel is problematic.
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Living in Ambiguity

Sophia Lovell explores the difficulties of defining your cultural identity when you come from a mixed race background.
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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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