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Interview with Ryka Aoki

Ryka Aoki is a poet, author, composer, and teacher. Some of her most prominent works include Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul which had appeared in multiple mainstream and queer publications. She has performed at the first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride, National Queer …

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Sister Outsider: Widening the Scope of Female Liberation

Cover art by Alexandra Levasseur I recently read Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (1934-1992), a preeminent voice in feminist, LGBTQ+, and civil rights literature and poetry. Self-describing herself as a “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Lorde has devoted her life to tackling the obstacles we face in navigating intersectional identities (like being queer and/or BIPOC), …

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Casual Racism Towards South Asians in the Media

Cover art by Hanifa Abdul Hameed Growing up, I would never look forward to lunchtime at school. Being a first-generation Indian-American, my parents would always choose to pack ethnic food like chapati and upma rather than the Lunchables that my peers would feast on. My white classmates never understood this lunch period vendetta that I …

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愛 (love)

I loved the way my name fit in my great-grandma’s mouthI never understood whypeople would say her Portuguese was brokenHow so?How could it be?when her voice carried so proudlythe fingerprints of the first people she had ever lovedThey said her Portuguese was brokenbut what is wrong with a tonguethat walks on foreign soilbut always finds …

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