This is for the Asian/Pacific Islander American social justice community at the University of Michigan — the people who have become my family.

Dear Family,

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


Making Filipino food is to retell a story of my culture — complex, humbling and personal.


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.

A few weeks ago, Michigan in Color had the chance to profile three students — LSA sophomore Tyrice Grice Jr., LSA freshman Cydney Gardener-Brown and LSA freshman Amen Al-Moamen — about their reac

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.

You shoot me with a gun,

I didn’t do anything

But yet you still run.

Silent judgement

You pass upon me and mine

As a kid, I soaked up television like a sponge. I spent a lot of time watching Nickelodeon, ("Spongebob" is the best show, don’t @ me), but don’t worry — I watched the educational PBS shows too.

White girls sure love tofu.

Over two centuries ago, the United States’ Founding Fathers convened in Philadelphia to lay out a framework for the budding nation.