2014: Northeastern Rally Pushes for Institutional Reform

In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (aka April) being just around the corner, I’m very belatedly publishing a piece I wrote a few years ago about the manner in which Northeastern University handles sexual assault cases. It’s been over 2 years; what has changed since then? More cases, and not much reform from an institutional perspective. As always, many thanks to everyone involved in this piece, named and unnamed. Your voices are critical.

December 8, 2014

MEGAPHONE IN HAND, HELEN IS LOUD.

Her voice is cracking as she leads a chant at a rally against sexual assault in Centennial Commons at Northeastern University. Later, sitting in a study room in Northeastern’s library, her demeanor shifts. Gone is the chant-leader bounding around, calling energetically for the end of the patriarchy. Now, her speech is slow, her words specific.

It has been two years and two months since Helen—a third-year international relations and anthropology major—was raped. Standing before a crowd on an unseasonably warm November day, she bravely said, “I’ve been silent for too long.” But in the private setting of the study room, she is fidgety, picking at her cuticles and playing with her rings.  Continue reading “2014: Northeastern Rally Pushes for Institutional Reform”

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Undocumented immigrants do not make United States less safe

Reposting from Ruggles Media, with a big thanks to Paxtyn for all the heavy lifting in the coding this piece!

Source: Undocumented immigrants do not make United States less safe

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Donald Trump, June 2015

Despite President Trump’s xenophobic speeches, the United States is actually getting safer. Since 1990, property crime and violent crime have decreased, while more unauthorized immigrants have entered the country. Although correlation doesn’t imply causation, the American Immigration Councilanalyzed U.S. Census data and concluded that foreign-born individuals are less likely to engage in criminal activity than American-born individuals.

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Standing Up For Black Lives: How Asian Americans Are Showing Their Solidarity

Standing Up For Black Lives: How Asian Americans Are Showing Their Solidarity

As my final for Dan Kennedy’s Digital Storytelling and Social Media, I chose to focus on the work being done by the Asian American community in Boston to support Black folks. There’s more work to be done than simply covering the work others do, but for now, we still need to give voice to marginalized communities, especially when they are doing cross-community work the way the Sticky Rice Project and Asian Pacific Islanders for Black Lives do. While these pieces are by no means exhaustive, please enjoy my video below, and check out the accompanying article and slideshow!

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Angry Asian Nation

“A daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American.” -The Washington Post

Phil Yu’s blog Angry Asian Man has been around since 2001, meaning most of my life, and growing up, it was something I was introduced to by my mom to become more culturally aware of my own background. Yu isn’t as angry as he purports to be, and much of the blog is pop culture things, features on Asian Americans, articles on Asian American history, and some news on anti-Asian racism. While the site itself is clearly a blog, it also looks very much like it hasn’t been changed since 2001, and maybe that’s what I love about it.

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Racial Diversity and Data Visualization

We’ve been working on data visualization in class with Northeastern’s John Wihbey, and after doing a brief exercise involving the gender breakdown of Silicon Valley, I decided to look into the breakdown from a racial perspective (this is a blog on race after all). Pulling data from Facebook, Google, and Apple’s 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity reports, I made up this quick graphic to display the racial diversity (or lack thereof) in three of the biggest tech companies in the game. While Facebook, Google, and Apple may be getting more diverse in their hiring of women (it’s still not great, but it is getting better—see the last year column in the individual reports), Silicon Valley has a long way to go to level the playing field for racial diversity.

FōMū: A Dream Come Trū

FōMū: A Dream Come Trū

This post is a little more personal than usual, on a topic near and dear to my heart: ice cream. I can eat it at as a snack, a meal replacement, or dessert; it is good any time of day or year. It is my go-to comfort food, my favorite indulgence. As a kid, I wanted to have my tonsils taken out because I thought I could have all the ice cream in the world.

But some of my favorite teammates are lactose-intolerant and others are vegan (which is a feat in and of itself with a sport as intense as rugby), so we’ve struggled to find places where we can all indulge. Up until recently, we thought J.P. Licks and Veggie Galaxy were our only options in terms of dairy-free dessert choices. Thankfully, we were wrong.

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