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


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

Dear Mom,


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.


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.


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


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.