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Asian Aesthetics on European Faces

A Monopoly on the Beauty Standard in a World of Professionalism In a world of evolving beauty standards, each generation creates a new narrative for what it means to be “professional.” More and more young adults are embracing their culture, and simultaneously searching for jobs. In South Asia, nose piercings have been a cultural norm for years— women get their noses pierced with either a … Continue reading Asian Aesthetics on European Faces

The Dinner Table/Family Recipes

Growing up, the dinner table at my parent’s house always felt like a space where most of the meals came from family recipes, passed down. As an Asian American kid, only eating from these family recipes felt so restricting and unadventurous. When I finally went to university, I had all this freedom to eat anything I wanted in the dining halls; the options were endless … Continue reading The Dinner Table/Family Recipes

Paper Cranes

Growing up, family gatherings were a scarcity, taking place only before a cousin went off to college, or after a loved one passed away. On this occasion, the latter was true. How unusual it was to have all the Mak siblings and their children together in one room! Every reunion felt like a leap in time, cousins growing taller and more mature, uncles developing wrinkles … Continue reading Paper Cranes

Koi Ponds and Pork Buns, Among Other Things

It was one of those muggy 7 a.m. mornings in Brooklyn, the ones just before daybreak when the air was still moist with dew. Not so cold as to warrant the Canada Goose with fur hood attachment, but just enough to turn your fingertips blue. At the peak of rush hour, a girl of petite stature and fierce gaze could be found tearing down the … Continue reading Koi Ponds and Pork Buns, Among Other Things

The Rise of Authentic Asian Cuisine in America

The rise of authentic Asian flavors has become exceedingly apparent in the American culinary world. If you were to take a trip into a bustling city and choose a “modern” American restaurant, you would most likely find at least one dish utilizing traditional Asian ingredients or techniques. Isn’t it wonderful? It was not too long ago when “Asian food” was generalized to a chinese takeout … Continue reading The Rise of Authentic Asian Cuisine in America

We Bare Bears, Its Asian American Identity, and Its Movie’s Themes of Racial Discrimination

Daniel Chong’s award winning cartoon We Bare Bears has always been a symbol for the Asian American identity. The show follows the adventures of three talking bear brothers (Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear) as they try to fit into human society, make new friends and live happily in their San Francisco home. The show began airing in July of 2015 on the Cartoon Network channel, … Continue reading We Bare Bears, Its Asian American Identity, and Its Movie’s Themes of Racial Discrimination

‘Quake’, the Strongest and Most Underrated Superhero in the Marvel Universe

Representation in the superhero universe has been a long time coming, especially within the Asian community. Amongst the endless sea of superheroes hitting screens over the last decade, Quake unknowingly paved the way as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel mainstream universe.  In 2013, the mainstream superhero world opened the doors to Asian representation, as Quake (played by Asian-American, Chloe Bennett) appeared in the … Continue reading ‘Quake’, the Strongest and Most Underrated Superhero in the Marvel Universe

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