Civic school

Michelle Obama was in Denver a few weeks ago and I was fortunate enough to make it to her speaking engagement. She was as kind, intelligent, and humorous as I’d seen her represented in some of my favorite videos of the past several years. One of the things she talked about was getting real and … More Civic school

Pop culture perpetuation of stereotypes still here! New and improved? You decide!

So, Miss Saigon ads are all over my insta and fb feeds ever since I Googled “Miss Saigon” for an essay I was working on, about pop culture’s role in the perpetuation of over-sexualized stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women. I find this frustrating. One, it’s a reminder that some algorithm is hard at … More Pop culture perpetuation of stereotypes still here! New and improved? You decide!

Support the activists in Hawaii who care about the land and its people

During a recent trip to Hawaii with my family, I found serenity while snorkeling above two sea turtles. I found soul nourishment when I stood in the middle of a bamboo forest and the wind and bamboo stalks spoke to me. I found joy while jumping waves in the Pacific. You know what I didn’t … More Support the activists in Hawaii who care about the land and its people

We all win if the Oscar for Best Picture is given to Moonlight

I’m cheering for Moonlight to take home the Oscar for Best Picture this year. I know, my cheering means nothing to the Academy. And yet, I carry on. Because I’m an American. And like an American sport fan, I like to think that my support means something; at the very least, I feel a camaraderie with … More We all win if the Oscar for Best Picture is given to Moonlight