Monday, November 27, 2017 - 5:22pm

Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican-American film director and writer, is renowned for his hybrid genres, weaving fairy tales with dark, haunting imagery of the sexual, religious and taboo. From his award-winning Spanish gothic films like “Pan’s Labyrinth” to his supernatural-robot-monster stories like “Pacific Rim” and “Hellboy,” del Toro has made himself a household name in an industry traditionally dominated by The Whites. His upcoming film, “The Shape of Water,” is set to be released in December. But unlike most of his past works, he has made its underlying messages clear.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 5:12pm

I spent time listening to you.

I heard you multiple times.

I joined Young Americans for Freedom as a freshman, and attended meetings despite the adverse effect it took on my mental health.

I even watched the 2016 presidential election with you, as you screamed insult after insult at the first woman to be a party’s presidential nominee.

However, I have since withdrawn myself from your sorry excuse for “discourse.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:00pm
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Black-Asian Coalition is an intermediary space that aims to foster meaningful connections between the Black community and the Asian-American community. It purposefully creates a space to build shared history together, organizes a context to connect and opens dialogue to acknowledge differences and appreciate similarities between these communities.

BEGINNINGS

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:33pm

November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the past, act in the present and hope for the future. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we have been wrestling with feelings of guilt, despair and anger. Guilt for not being there, despair with feeling useless and anger with institutional apathy. For all the people who have felt this way, this is for you.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:30pm

I am Palestinian.

Scratch that

Ana Falastinieh

Yeah — that’s better

 

It’s more than just a word

 

I am the olive trees that flourish in Palestinian soil

The soul of our country

I am the mish mish my Teta grows in Bethlehem

She knows they are my favorite

I am the Tutreez min Filasteen

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:29pm

I have friends from everywhere.

Some come from nearby, a few hours away

And some come from afar, overseas they stay.

Some eat different foods than I

And others tell me what foods to try.

Some have straight hair that is dark as night.

Some have curly hair, with frizz they fight.

Our skin tones may not be the same

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:59pm
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“That baby is so white,” a stranger said aloud at the grocery store, alarmed at the sight of a dark Southeast Asian man carrying a pale baby girl. It was 1998, potentially 1999. I wish I had my own recollection of that day, but the “white baby” was me.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:24pm

Being Black in a white world is exhausting. While other people get to live their lives, oblivious to instances of racial injustice, Black people are not afforded that same privilege.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:38pm

This is for the Asian/Pacific Islander American social justice community at the University of Michigan — the people who have become my family.

Dear Family,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 4:33pm

Last week, I was in an argument. Although no punches were thrown, I felt like I got slapped in the face a few times, but I thought I did the best I could. Even though I was ducking and weaving through the racist rhetoric, it still felt like I got my ass beat. As soon as it ended, I went upstairs to my room, pulled the covers over my head, and cried. 

Now, I know I’m the only Black kid in my house.

Most days, I think I can handle anything.

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