A glance into the nuanced and problematic history of Asian America


Sadly, many Asian-Americans are not taught their own history in public education. The classroom omits historic Asian American injustices — a white supremacist tactic to silence our voices and divide minorities to promote an anti-black agenda. The history of modern Asian America can best be centered with the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. It abolished the National Origins Formula which limited immigration populations to only 2% of the American population starting in 1921.


Over 15,000 Chinese immigrants migrated in the 19th century to work on American railroads short on labor for less than half the wages of their white…

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There once was a crawfish, named Cajun. He was born in an old town in Canada before moving to the city of New Orleans. Though he wasn’t necessarily the most well-liked fella in the city, Cajun was liked by other Acadians from Canada plenty. Cajun knew how to make food. He made the best food he could and perfected his craft. Cajun spent years in the kitchen serving mostly Acadians, until one fateful day when a local sat themselves down — curious about what the commotion was about. …

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One of the worst parts of this quarantine, including the 100,000+ deaths and crashing economy, has been the separation of me and my girlfriend. Like many college students, I had to return home — 800 miles away from her. Despite this setback, we’ve really hit a stride in creating quality time and supporting each other through it all. Despite the distance, I guess you could say I feel closer to her (that is a lie, and the distance is palpable).

1. You don’t need To FaceTime when you FaceTime

Perhaps the biggest newcomer is the silence. When there’s nothing to do, but it’s too late to stop FaceTime-ing every…

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When I was 12 years old, I went to my parent’s factory job to staple stacks of paper. In exchange for the compilation of different sized and colored papers, I was paid $10 a day. I only went to work on Saturday’s so after a month, I was able to buy Pokemon Black with my own money.

At age 14, I began to work 50 hours a week for money under the table. It was summer, and I was saving up for a trip to Los Angeles later that year.

At age 16, I bumped my summer shifts to 60…

Brian Le

Trying to find a new hobby because I couldn’t bake bread

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