MIC

Graduation

My time at the University of Michigan has been so invaluable to me.

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Content warning: This article contains themes of physical, emotional abuse

Dear Mom,

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I knew the Pledge of Allegiance before I knew my own parents’ names. In fact, I have a distinct memory of a smug kindergartener testing me, asking what their names were.

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Báñame en acetona

y píntame trigueña

porque con mi apariencia

parezco todo menos puertorriqueña.

 

Tengo el cabello lacio

My half-Japanese, half-Irish friend, Maki, and I at Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. She’s one of my best friends not only in JSA, but at U of M.

This is part three of a series showcasing underrepresented narratives within the Asian/Pacific Islander-American community. Kai Mason is a junior majoring in English on a pre-law track.

CSG during Divestment debate 2017

As Arab Heritage Month comes to an end, we at Michigan in Color want to commemorate the community’s accomplishments and stand in solidarity.

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With “American Idol” coming back, I think it’s time we start calling out singing competitions for their insensitivity to different communities and cultures.

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This is part two of a series of underrepresented narratives within the Asian/Pacific Islander-American community. Dim Mang is a sophomore majoring in history and political science.

Miri Kim

I confess

I used to resent

This dark-haired, yellow-skinned dream I have.

This Korean dream I am

I carved, starved, punctured

I formed

my own wounded frame with these hands

Grace Lee Boggs (center)

As a LSA alum, some of my dearest University of Michigan memories involve Emily Lawsin, a professor of Asian/Pacific Islander American studies, shouting out her truth.