Writer’s Block

This past block has reminded me that whatever form of writing I am working with, involving some kind of personal experience in my writing made the writing process considerably easier. I don’t know if the writing was better, but writing personal narratives always took less time to write and felt like less work to write. […]

Working-class Problems

I read a paper that made me angry today (but not really today because I wrote this a while back).  It talked about working class people versus middle people and the differences in the struggles we face. I enjoyed the paper in the beginning. It talked about the issues low-income people face trying to succeed […]

Decolonizing STEM

This class has reminded me that I have a long way to go before I decolonize my mind. Cultural psychology highlights how the field of psychology, and science as a whole, uses WEIRD (White, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) as the norm for majority of our research. They are the “baseline,” the “ruler” for which […]

Stem During Coronavirus and Protests

I don’t think I ever anticipated how difficult taking a stem class online would be. My last two blocks were humanities classes and not to say that they weren’t difficult, they definitely were, but for different reasons. Trying to sit down and focus on watching lectures, taking notes, learning new terms (academic ways of describing […]

Finale

“Hope that you won’t forget that boldly giving up is courage as well.” – Min Yoongi As my time as a blogger comes to a close, I want to reflect what it was like to have to be a student during the coronavirus pandemic.  Before I deleted social media, I saw a lot of posts […]

Fox Girl

It took me a while to build up the courage to reflect on this book. Fox Girl by Nora Okja was so beautifully written, but so incredibly heart-breaking. When I imagine Korea, I think of vast oceans, development, music, idols, and industry. I don’t imagine a country that has been forever altered by a war, I don’t […]

Spiral

Revolution By Ali Amin Speak to me with your tongue while it is still free, while your body is still yours. Let your words travel through the air, uncontrolled spontaneous necessary tumbling through clouds of dust that dim the sun. Until they reach my ear and so many ears, spilled onto the table, waiting. Speak the […]

Do you have a “story”?

Today, I will be reflecting on my our discussion about “true war stories”. During the first week of class, one of the stories we were asked to read was, Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice by Nam Le. In the story, the narrator is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to “sell out” […]

Incarceration

Last Friday, we read When the Emperor was Divine, a story about a family’s experience during and after the Incarceration of Japanese peoples in America. By reading the story, it became more understandable as why so many internees were quiet about what happened to them. It wasn’t so much the time they spent in the […]

A Child’s Perspective of War

For class today, we were asked to read Thannha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again. I remember passing by the book in my school’s library when I was in elementary school, but I never really had the urge to read it. Poems were short and confusing, while books like Harry Potter were long and fantastical […]

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