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!

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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...

November 7, 2016

Credit: Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian, Notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com, Relando Thompkins-Jones

If we look at our own vocabulary, it may lead us straight to the bias that underlies it.

We have a dozen derogatory words for queer men; a different set for queer wo...

August 9, 2016

Credit Robert Mankoff The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank

Google gives the following definition of privilege:

priv·i·lege ˈ priv(ə)lij/ noun

1. a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. 

Oxford Engli...