September 14, 2018

When I posted the “Guys” article from The Atlantic on my social media feed, I received some comments lauding the idea that “guys” very well could be the next gender-neutral term of the future. For me, that was not the point of the article. This article interested me be...

June 7, 2017

Courtesy: Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

You know those phrases that sound like compliments but are not all that flattering when you think about them? Several years ago I was on a road trip and someone, who I know had the best of intentions, said to...

May 24, 2017

(Photo credit: ‘Get Out’ / Universal Pictures)

*Spoiler alert*

This article discusses one scene in Get Out. If you have not yet seen Get Out, stop reading this and go see it!


In one scene of Jordan Peele’s brilliant movie, Get Out, Mr. Tanaka, a Japanese guest at the ga...

May 24, 2017

It is special to grow up as a child of South Asian parents in the United States. We are a batch of guinea pigs straddling two cultures that compete for our attention:  my cousins in India laughed when I said I was Indian; my classmates in school laughed at my parents’...

February 15, 2017

Google defines a microaggression as "a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority."

January 23, 2017

A microaggression is like a feather brushing your skin:  you feel it, it has an effect, you remember it but, with effort, you can look past the impact.

But the weight of a ton of feathers is the same as a ton of bricks. Every feather makes an impact. Over time...