Let's talk about mental health

Mental illness is something hardly talked about in our country. Though mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are extremely common and are extremely pressing issues, for some reason, discussion of them always seems to get swept under the rug.

On Dec. 18, 2010, the Arab world was reborn.

My own type of modest

Why does the TV show “The Bold Type” mean everything to me? Because for once, a Muslim woman is portrayed as a fierce, sexual, artistic being. Representation matters. 

What do I have in common with “The Bold Type”? 

Quote from author

I pin my scarf around my hair until it feels secure. The night is still as the call for prayer (athan) sings through my phone — I close my eyes and take a deep breath of the warm June air.

Author exclaiming her point

Addendum: to the white men;

Dear White People Poster Season 1

A TV show all about trying to survive as a Black student at a predominantly white university? The narrative is pretty familiar to me, and unfortunately, some of the storylines are not that exaggerated. Dear White People gives us the perspective of being a Black college student. Why?

During NaFFAA Board of Governors Convening Weekend in the Bay Area

My last piece about the National Federation of Filipino American Associations was written on a plane. So naturally,this NaFFAA piece is being written during another flight.

Candle Light Ceremony in Victoria Park, Hong Kong

When I was younger, the modern history of China, or the People’s Republic of China, including the 1989 democracy movement and Tiananmen Square massacre, was briefly taught in schools in Hong Kong.

Symbolism of Roots and Identity

I Am … What I Am … and can become, who I aspire to Be

I am from an abandoned industrial city, where the smog clogs the lungs of those who cannot yet speak. Yet, the city is alive and well, or at least that’s how it appears to be …

Alarm Clock Ringing

My people are famous.

You see them every day on the news- whether they are being evacuated, bombed, chemically attacked, or drowned.

If you have not guessed yet, I am Syrian.