Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 3:40pm
My father posted this picture on FaceBook along with the caption: "Standing on top of what used to be my room!"

When most people think of home, they often think of a warm and cozy place filled with loved ones, light and home cooked meals.

But what always comes to my mind are small rocks and slabs of concrete painted bright green and a dark, rusty red. This is all that remains of my father’s house in Jaffna, Sri Lanka — the house that I would have grown up in and the house that I would have called mine. What is left of my father’s house has melded with the soil, indistinguishable from the earth it once stood upon, as if it never existed in the first place.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:01pm

University of Michigan faculty, graduate student instructors, research assistants and staff:

We are writing this to request that you to cancel classes Nov. 30 to pressure the administration to refuse to allow Richard Spencer to speak on campus, as well as show leniency to marginalized students who have been affected by our oppressive campus environment throughout the rest of the semester.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:08pm
Giang's family

If you would like to learn more about perspectives on immigrant experiences through different forms of art, check out Shift from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Pendleton Room in the Michigan Union.

One day in 1975, 21-year-old Giang Lê decided to skip class for the first time. He sat outside his dormitory at Van Hanh University in Saigon with a few friends when a car suddenly braked in front of them. Giang’s mother signaled from the car and told him to pack — a choice that would change his life forever.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:11pm
SAFE and allies protest in favor of divestment during CSG on the Diag Tuesday.

From the moment I arrived on campus as a freshman, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality has been the closest thing to a community that I've had here. Each year, SAFE members exert all of our time and energy toward organizing educational programming, cultural celebrations and our hallmark human rights plea to the Central Student Government  — all simply to get the campus community to listen to us. We shoulder the burden of providing the campus with evidence of our own people’s oppression and are forced to watch as others decide whether our suffering is worth addressing.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 5:59pm

In 1966, sociologist William Petersen coined the term “model minority.” Model minorities are minorities who had supposedly overcome discrimination through solid family structure and values of hard work.

Ingredients list: one new 3-year old immigrant from South Korea

Prep time: 17 years

Cook time: four years

Servings: one

Preparation list:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:31pm
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Four years ago, I had assumed that my parents were complete animal enthusiasts. They came home every night after long shifts at our restaurant seemingly eager to turn on Animal Planet. My mom would call me over to watch, giggling at the frenzied yet astute organization of meerkat manors. My dad would gawk at the ferocious pace of lionesses chasing zebras across the Serengeti. At garage sales, he could never resist bringing home a stack of National Geographic magazines. We’ve housed nearly every animal allowed as a pet by the state of Michigan.

I was obviously wrong.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 4:37pm

Following the Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations of the past few weeks, my African American studies professor gave students the platform to have a discussion in class about how the racial tension on campus has been affecting our lives. After many of the Black students bravely shared their stories aloud, shed tears and expressed how dehumanizing and degrading being called a racial slur can make a person, better yet, a community feel, a white female student decided to speak up.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:09pm

This letter in response to neo-Nazi and white nationalist Richard Spencer being invited to speak on the campus of Texas A&M on December 6, 2016.

Dear Aggies,

This year has been one of many trials for us all throughout the country as well as on our respective campuses. The amount of solidarity that is being seen on your campus is both inspiring and, quite frankly, #CampusGoals. 

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:32pm
Mother's Day festivities

Dear Mom,

Remember when I was in first grade and you would sit behind me as I watched “Dragon Tales” with my cereal and comb my frizzy black hair with those bright Hello Kitty clips you brought for me from India? I’m sorry I took them out every day when I got on the school bus. I wanted so badly to have the smooth, blonde hair of the girls sitting in front of me and their headbands from Claire’s that I didn’t appreciate the gentle touch of your fingers running through my hair as you tried to tie a little bit of your motherland to me.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:27pm
Nicole Khamis

I wake up in my room and I close my eyes, trying to go back to sleep as the sun shines through my windows. In a state neither quite asleep nor awake, I hear the sound of a plane. Instantly, I am awake. All I can hear is the sound of the plane, and it’s coming closer. Nothing will happen, I reassure myself. This sound brings me back to Jordan and Syria, and all the individuals I met this summer who fled the brutal civil war, now going into its sixth year. I sit up in my bed and immediately turn toward the window.