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Meet Lindsay Arakawa | @blindsaay

Issue:
June 13, 2020

Join me as I dive into an interview with Lindsay Arakawa, a yonsei/gosei creator born in Hawaii, living in Tokyo, Japan, doing some amazing work.

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Roll for Initiative! Let's talk Id(&d)entity

Issue:
June 28, 2020

Dungeons & Dragons is back and its players are more diverse than ever. In this article we explore how Japanese American players navigate the fantasy world, D&D's problematic past, and what they've learned about themselves along the way.

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Giving Voice to Asian American Seniors Through Film

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September 7, 2021

I couldn't imagine retirement offering much more to my life, but a digital histories film class has proven to be a challenging, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally rewarding experience for me.

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What A Time To Be Alive (for an Asian American Sports Fan)

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November 24, 2020

It has been a dream year for Asian Americans in global sport.

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Is There Stigma Surrounding Community College?

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May 23, 2020

Education is for everyone, but do we end up judging everyone's education?

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Healing Through Food

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May 1, 2020

How a loaf of bread helped me process grief after the Atlanta shootings.

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Changing the Tides on Mental Health

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May 9, 2021

Learn more about the Changing Tides (CT) Crew, which consists of 6-8 AAPI young adults who strive to destigmatize mental health and create safe and accessible spaces for the community.

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Want to Understand the History of Anti-Asian Racism? Read These Books

Issue:
May 3, 2020

The Atlanta area shootings come after a recent wave of anti-Asian attacks attributed to the pandemic, but violence against Asians and Asian Americans dates back centuries. We've curated a reading list to provide historical context.

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Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Issue:
September 4, 2020

Insecurities get the best of us, but there are some that are unique to the Asians and Asian Americans. Here is a list of some of those insecurities and how to deal with them.

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How Asian Beauty Helped Me Normalize Self-Care as a Man

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January 30, 2021

It took me a long time to accept myself. Asian beauty standards for men in K-drams and K-pop groups gave me comfort.

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Let's Talk About the Fox-Eye Trend

Issue:
June 28, 2020

The fox-eye trend, particularly when paired with the migraine pose, is remarkably similar to how Asian people are often mocked for the shape of their eyes.

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Dream With Me: Life Without Oppressive Systems

Issue:
June 13, 2020

The CSU Board of Trustees approved a one-class ethnic studies graduation requirement, citing the need for individual schools to plan out coursework to meet the requirement. Is that something marginalized communities asked for? Is that action enough?

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Infographic - Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

Issue:
May 20, 2020

Automated employment is looming, human education is in danger. This infographic explores how we can develop critical "human" competencies for the future success of our kids.

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5 Books by Asian/Asian American Authors to Read This Fall

Issue:
May 3, 2020

Just because you’re not in school doesn’t mean you can’t learn new things! We’re turning to several books that were published this year by Asian American authors.

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Are the Kids (Going to Be) Alright?

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May 20, 2020

Employment, socializing, and life itself is evolving at an exponential rate... education is not. What do our kids need to truly be prepared for this rapidly changing reality?

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Identity Crises for the Gold

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July 11, 2020

Though deciding which team to cheer for during the Olympics may seem like a no-brainer to some, it can be more complex if your family is tied to multiple countries. One mixed-race writer shares his story.

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A Space for Ourselves: Thoughts from a Black Yonsei

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July 26, 2020

What is it to be a Black Japanese American? What should I tell you? What should you know? 

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Nikkei Diaspora: A Photo Essay

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June 14, 2020

A collection of photos capturing family, friendship, cultural preservation, isolation, and the Japanese diaspora.

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Coming Out, Coming Home

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July 10, 2020

Stan Yogi, co-chair of Okaeri, a group and conference for LGBTQ+ Nikkei, shares his story of coming to terms with his identities as a gay, Japanese American man.

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A Crash Course on Holding Difficult Conversations

Issue:
June 13, 2020

Having a conversation with someone who doesn't see eye-to-eye with you can be daunting, but we have several tips that may help in navigating discussion surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement as Asian Americans.

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