Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 8:46pm
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Beauty has always been a focus of my life and my daily routines, and whether that is due to cultural pressures or genuine interest is something that is still foreign to me. But, what I do know is it’s something in which I have grown to have a strong interest.

However, it’s always been a bit difficult navigating the world of skincare and makeup while having darker skin.

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 9:08pm
Flyer for Indonesian Cultural Night 2018

My family’s background has always been confusing to me. When people ask about my background, I usually say I’m Chinese and Thai, but the truth is a little more complex. My grandparents are from all around Southeast Asia. My grandfather, who shares my last name, is from Indonesia and most of my extended family still lives there.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:09pm
The author standing in front of the Journalists Memorial

As a fourth grader, my afternoon routine was simple. After getting off the bus, I’d make myself some microwavable macaroni & cheese and settle in with a copy of The Detroit Free Press. I’d usually start with the sports section (no one knew the Pistons like I did) before moving on to the news section, film reviews and, finally, the comics. The day the Freep stopped delivering to my household was a dark one and I unconvincingly pleaded with my parents to pay for the new, much more expensive special delivery fee.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 6:45pm
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Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was a first-year entering The Daily for my first mass meeting. I didn’t start as an Michigan in Color writer; in fact, when I first heard of MiC, I wasn’t sure I was even included in the category Person of Color. However, following a series of accidents, I found myself at the MiC desk, I’ve never looked back. As a member of the MiC team, I’ve had the privilege to bear witness to the impact power sharing narratives has on an individual and a community.

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