The Parachute Kid: The Untold Story of Student Immigrants

It’s 1979 in Los Angeles. You wake up in a quiet house, in a foreign land with an unfamiliar language. You take the bus, you buy groceries, alone. Your parents? A mere 7,000 miles away.  This was the everyday life of my mother when she came to the US with her brother at the age…

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Housing is a Human Right: Exploring the depths of the Affordable Housing Crisis in the Bay Area

Affordable Housing Crisis  The Bay Area. Home of numerous tech companies and innovations. These factors entice people to move to the Bay Area, but only a lucky few who have struck gold are able to stay. With Bay Area real estate prices on an exponential rise, many struggle to find affordable housing, especially those who…

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It's Not Too Late for Lilly Singh: The YouTube star's path to late night comedy

Art by Amy Yu. Watching “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” I am reminded of endless hours I spent scrolling through the YouTube profile of “iiSuperwomanii” looking for videos in 2015, in anticipation for her “12 Collabs of Christmas,” where she invites celebrities to participate in her relatable holiday skits. Every time I clicked on…

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Palantir Protests: I.C.E’s presence in Palo Alto

Although it is not unusual to see a crowd of people in downtown Palo Alto on a Friday, on Aug. 30, it was clear that the crowd did not come for a cup of coffee.  Chants like “Palantir, you can’t hide! We charge you with genocide!” roared through the crowd as the protesters marched. With…

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#Activism: Social media and its impact on social activism

Online activism, also known as “hashtag activism,” has reached millions of people across the world. Hashtag   activism allows anyone who has access to the internet to become active civic participants, something that was not possible just a couple decades ago. A notorious example of online activism in motion was the #IceBucketChallenge in 2014, which…

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Not-so-American Dream: New book illustrates the reality of being an immigrant

For generations, many have dreamed of immigrating to first world countries, believing that with relocating, comes a better life and a better future. That is, until their wish comes true. This is the idea that author Dina Nayeri, explores in her new autobiography ‘The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You,’ published in May.  …

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The Recycling Recession: How California’s Recycling as Reclined

California has long prided itself in being a progressive, environmentally-friendly state, but this status may slowly be slipping. Recycling in California has become increasingly difficult as global recycling markets waver, affecting intrastate recycling centers that must now deal with higher recycling costs and lower value of recyclable materials. With such a heavy hit to a…

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Three Presidential Candidates You May Not Have Heard Of

With over 20 candidates, some get more attention than others. Marianne Williamson (D) Marianne Williamson is the author of 12 spiritual and self help books. She does not have any government experience outside of running for Congress during the 2014 midterms. According to a New York Times article updated May 2, 2019, the policy she…

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Toxic Gaming: Pulling the plug on abusive behavior

You know the feeling. You’re on your phone, just scrolling and minding your own business. But then you see it. A comment, a meme, something that is just so mean, racist, sexist, so toxic it ruins your day. Now multiply that feeling by 100. Welcome to the darker parts of the gaming community. Video games…

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Weeaboos Not Welcome: The evolution of Asian fetishization through pop culture

“You kind of look like a loli,” he says. For the lucky ones who don’t know what that is, a loli is an anime term used to describe a small, Asian, girl who is definitely a minor but is portrayed in deeply inappropriate ways. It was during a field trip last fall. All I could…

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