The state of Israel actively engages in human rights violations upon the Palestinian people. From daily home demolitionsto the imprisonment of thousands of innocent civiliansto the illegal construction of settlementson Palestinian land, there is no question of the violence and inequity perpetuated by settler-colonial Israeli apartheid.
Many would agree no undergraduate experience at the University of Michigan is complete without painting the Rock. Last year, I painted the Rock for the first time as part of an annual event hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association. I got to meet a lot of new people and bond with them as we participated in a Wolverine tradition. I wasn’t able to make it to this year’s “Paint the Rock” event, however, and I soon learned of some unfortunate news: the freshly-painted Rock, which bore the Vietnamese Student Association abbreviation and the names of several members, had been defaced.
Last Sunday, a screenshot of an email from American Culture Associate Professor John Cheney-Lippold denying a student’s request for a letter of recommendation to study abroad in Israel was posted on Facebook. The email was met with outrage from various Zionist groups on campus and students who believed Cheney-Lippold’s refusal to write the letter of recommendation was anti-Semitic.
American Culture professor John Cheney-Lippold of the University of Michigan has been receiving backlash from students, community members and administrators alike, with University Regent Denise Ilitch (D) going so far as to accuse the professor of anti-Semitism.
I travel back home to Hong Kong every summer to visit my family and it always feels uneasy leaving my dad and his family when summer ends. However, it feels a little more uneasy and heavier this year as I walk into the security gates to leave my dad. As I currently write this piece on my 20-hour flight back to Michigan, I’m reflecting on my identity as a documented East Asian immigrant, retracing all of the sentiments on my journey that led to today – seeing my dad alone in Hong Kong as he works to support our family in the United States.
I sat down with my mother in early September and had a long conversation about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”. The word "sayang” is a Singlish slang term (originally a Malay word, though it also exists in Tagalog) that has two meanings: one is “such a pity,” and the other is “to dote on or love someone.” This article has a little of both.
Well, well, well friends, it’s that time of year again. That's right — we’re down to the last 40 days before the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Award submission deadline (Oct. 23, for any of you enterprising British filmmakers out there). With the new rules in place, BAFTA is making it clear they strive to be the exact opposite of #OscarsSoWhite.
Apart from soberly functioning every day, introspecting into the quirks and the charms that we hold informs how we respond to the pressure campus culture puts on defining who we are. Our campus is filled with millennials, and it’s no wonder that one of our privileges over previous generations lies in the formation of self-identity. We’re caught between a wealth of human and internet resources and the impressionability of our years. The decisions we make about what campus spaces to belong to, and what to achieve for ourselves, eventually build into each other.