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Growing up, I’ve always tried to cover up my ethnic name.  It wasn’t until I began to appreciate and coincide with my Chinese culture that I began to embrace my name.

Embracing my ethnic name without shame

Anwen Huang April 21, 2021

“What’s your name?” the Starbucks employee asks. “Ann,” I say, as she hastily scribbles it onto a plastic cup.  But my name isn’t Ann, it’s Anwen. Yet I find myself assuming this identity...

I’ve watched those around me and even myself fall for the addicting world of technology, but I’ve come to the realization that by letting myself get consumed by technology I was only neglecting those around me, and ultimately I don’t need technology to build solid, meaningful relationships.

Falling into the clutches of technology

Elizabeth Park April 15, 2021

I watch as my friend’s eyes grow glazed and distant as I realize that they are no longer listening to me. I hear their empty words as they reassure me that our friendship has not changed. But something...

After finding myself drifting away from my friends from months of texting, I’ve realized that calling is a better way to stay connected.

Calling: The way to stay connected

Amy Liu January 24, 2021

I was elated. Lynbrook had just announced halfway into fourth period that schools were being shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19. I grinned at my friends, excited we would be taking our classes from...

With the mute button in a Zoom meeting, I have allowed myself to fall in the trap of hiding behind my screen and staying silent.

The mute button: A curse in disguise

Allison Hsieh December 9, 2020

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character,...

My experience as an Asian American minority had been limited by the environment I grew up in until I spent a few weeks in Tennessee for a summer program.

Popping the Silicon Valley bubble: My experience as an Asian American minority

Lillian Fu December 9, 2020

In the summer before tenth grade, I spent two weeks living in Tennessee for a creative writing program. Most of my memories of that time are pleasant: the afternoon sun dimming through the classroom windows,...

My version of happiness had been superficial and one dimensional, but I’ve come to recognize that genuine happiness can’t exist without an understanding of other emotions as well.

Positivity unmasked

Kavya Iyer November 4, 2020

I stared at myself in the mirror, ashamed of the ashy-grey tear stains on my cheeks. In the safety of the empty school bathroom, I splashed cold water on my face to erase any evidence of the smudges and...

My paranoia of leaving a carbon footprint has kept me from posting on social media.

Social media: Is it worth the risks?

Jason Shan November 4, 2020

In the age of social media, teenagers are stereotyped as heads-down, hoods-up, twiddling their thumbs over the screens in their hands. In part, this does stem from the truth — social media has consumed...

Recently, the Uyghur genocide in China, where millions of Muslims are being detained and forced to denounce their faith, has been covered extensively by various social media outlets. Although this coverage may seem positive, it falls into a gray area for me — I don’t know whether I should feel elated or concerned. 

A genocide’s a genocide, no matter the size

Lina Mezerreg October 7, 2020

Social media is extremely useful in bringing to light serious issues, especially since word of mouth is no longer viable due to the coronavirus shelter-in-place. Recently, the Uyghur genocide in China,...

Despite the controversy surrounding Disney's recently-released Mulan movie, the significance of the film itself should not be overlooked.

Who is that girl I see?

Katie Chen October 7, 2020

Lack of meaningful representation of diverse characters is a glaring pitfall in Western media. After years of searching for narratives that reflect my own, I was finally able to live vicariously through...

The writer, Bennie Chang, staring into the mirror and pondering over the truth about racism.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s most racist of them all?

Bennie Chang October 7, 2020

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s most racist of them all? He’s vanished, hidden, crawled deep within, lost to all who dare not fall. According to the Oxford Dictionary, racism is “prejudice, discrimination...

The bloodstains of all those who have lost their lives to the injustice of racism serve as a constant reminder of the inequality in America.

Liberty and justice for all: standing united in the fight for equality

Kavya Iyer May 28, 2020

Slavery. Prejudice. Brutality. Things of the past—supposedly.  They say slavery is a blemish upon the glorious history of America, the land of the free.  Free—what a joke.  In...

College commitments during corona

College commitments during corona

Medha Upadhyay May 27, 2020

The Class of 2020 has lost our prom, our senior game, our graduation, our picnics, our ditch day. We’ve put on a brave face and let it go. As everything around the world has ground to a halt, we are...

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