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You See Child My Time at the Library Explains the Longings of the Human Soul

I went to our school library the other day. Checked a book out for fun. I don’t really know why, my time is endlessly busy with late nights and early mornings. Fun time meticulously plotted into gaps of actual importances. It was strange how it made me feel alive. The search for a book I knew I wouldn’t read. It gave me a sense of satisfaction to choose something. To spend my time doing something I knew I would accomplish. I would do this and would do it for me.… Read more You See Child My Time at the Library Explains the Longings of the Human Soul

Meatless Mondays and Missing the Point

My school has started a new campaign where one day of the week, Mondays, there will be no meat provided in the cafeteria. To be more precise, my university has jumped on a national campaign and is now providing more meatless options on Mondays, with meat being available. This campaign has been met with a sort of minor outrage on the campus (by this I mean people have really responded on social media). I have been surprised, but not shocked by the outrage. After all, if anyone in southern California… Read more Meatless Mondays and Missing the Point

This Post Reeks of Privilege

I’ve been thinking a lot about privilege lately. The other day I spent time with a newly arrived refugee couple, helping them get registered with different social services. The process, like any governmental one, took hours and hours to complete. By the end, I wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. I wanted to drive back home, turn on the television and watch something to rid myself of the stress of sitting in a governmental office for so long. As I sat there, stress mounting in my… Read more This Post Reeks of Privilege

Navigating a Politically Correct World

(This piece is best accompanied by my other piece written a few weeks ago which you can find here) The other day I went to a shop in order to get some Boba tea, it was hot and I wanted a milk tea or slush to help cool myself off. Although the shop is only about 10 minutes from where I live, I was the only person in the area who looked like me. Despite feeling completely safe and generally knowing what I’m doing in this place, my differences made… Read more Navigating a Politically Correct World

You People

The other day at a meeting for my internship with World Relief Garden Grove, we had Vice President Dan Kosten in the office to tell us about the history and the vision of World Relief. During the meeting he said something very profound as we were discussing the history of immigration in the United States. We discussed how each time a change occurred in regards to immigration law you could often track it in old writings by looking at the rhetoric used to describe certain people. He said when we… Read more You People

A Lamentation

All my songs will be in minor for the night. My eyes weary from 15 years of hopes dashed by a distance of 5 yards. 5 yards the difference between excitement and lament. Between Queen and The Smiths playing through the speakers. This is all arbitrary, I know; I can view the sports world from a large enough distance to recognize that. It still sucks. It’s like having to throw away your favorite childhood toy, it makes no difference in your life, but in a small way it does. I… Read more A Lamentation