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Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019

With the sudden rise of the “subtle Asian traits” phenomenon, the Asian immigrant community across the world has never felt more united. However, the development of the “subtle Asian” community has also emphasized more than ever the seemingly unbridgeable divide between Asian immigrants and th...

Zhu: Education as a zero-sum game hurts collaboration

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018

As competition among high school and college age students rises, the negative effects begin to show themselves as students start to enter the workforce. Too many students see education, and later their careers, as zero-sum games, a situation where another person’s success means your own failure. Thi...

Zhu: Sacrificing personal identity for the sake of filial piety

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018

With the holidays coming up fast, suddenly more and more questions arise regarding identity and how to define that outside of the home. One of the most significant is how to bridge the LGBT identity and the Asian-American culture when going home this season. Most identity crises in Asian-American house...

Venom’s critical failure from an expectation of hypermasculinity

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018

After seeing “Venom” and recommending it to everyone I know, the question I get back the most often is: “then why do the critics hate it?” It’s a good question, and the gap between audience rave reviews and critics’ disapprovals lies in Eddie Brock’s characterization. For those who have yet to hit the theaters, ...

Awkwafina, “Crazy Rich Asians” and minority misrepresentation

Awkwafina, “Crazy Rich Asians” and minority misrepresentation

Caroline Zhu

August 24, 2018

“Crazy Rich Asians” has brought attention to the lack of people of color (POC) representation in Hollywood and also raised issues of misrepresentation and appropriation over actress and singer Nora Lum’s character, Goh Peik Lin. Lum, better known by her stage name “Awkwafina,” has recentl...

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