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Korean and American: Dual citizenship complicates identity

Louis Oh, Op-Ed Contributor

May 18, 2017


Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email [email protected] Four years ago, I wrote about “identity” for my college applications. Natura...

Letter to the Editor: ‘Underdog’ narrative is important, but so is truth

May 17, 2017


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

On May 15, 2017, Northwestern’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invited a woman charged with complicity in the bombing of a supermarket and the murder of two Israeli students to speak for their Israeli Apartheid Week. As a liberal Jew who’s lived in Israel for a year and seen the obtrusive wall sepa...

Le: Perceptions of success in Asian culture have presented challenges in post-graduation career planning

Phan Le, Op-Ed Contributor

May 16, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

As my final undergraduate year is coming to a close, I am still uncertain about my post-graduation plans. Unlike the stereotypical high-achieving and driven Northwestern student, I’ve had no clue what I’m striving toward. For nearly my entire college experience, I’ve wandered every which way in...

Trejos: Ben Shapiro is a good choice for College Republicans

Jose Trejos, Columnist

May 16, 2017


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Last week, Northwestern College Republicans announced Ben Shapiro, editor in chief of The Daily Wire, as our spring speaker. This selection has sparked significant controversy from students who object to Shapiro’s right-wing views and have even accused him of racism, citing his previous role as edi...

Reed: Attendance policies can be detrimental to student mental health, life balance

Chase Reed, Columnist

May 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I’ve been missing class a lot this quarter. Spurred by a toxic combination of taking forever to complete assignments, problems with my attention span and other personal issues — all of which have led to late nights and bleary-eyed mornings — I’ve found it necessary to take time for myself a lot...

Kim: Blurred lines in Asian, Asian American approaches to hip-hop prompt further thought, criticism

Yvonne Kim, Opinion Editor

May 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Though I enjoyed every moment of the Korean American Student Association’s KASA show on Friday, I can confidently say that my personal highlight of the night was a brief moment that others may have easily overlooked. In between songs, Lyricks — half of hip-hop duo Year of the Ox — told the...

Off Script: Season 9 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ brings more cultural awareness to queer media

Alex Schwartz, Columist

May 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has always been a “problematic fave” kind of television show for me. I love cheering on my favorite contestants in comedy challenges, making fun of heinous runway outfits and laughing at RuPaul’s legendary puns. There were even some touching moments when queens would...

Kim: Myth of self-segregation only further centers whiteness, undermines need for real progress

Justine Kim, Columnist

May 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I took five official Northwestern tours before coming to campus as a freshman, which is five more than many students can say they’ve taken. Each time we walked into Norris University Center, I told myself that if I was admitted to the school, I would never be at “that” table with all of the Asians....

Letter to the Editor: Higher education funding cuts are urgent issue for all Illinois residents, NU students

May 14, 2017


Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

As the end of the spring legislative session in Springfield arrives, hope for a better tomorrow perseveres. Both political parties share some common goals: keep Illinoisans from leaving, attract more residents, business and jobs and turn our state’s fortunes around. But with every day that lawmakers...

Closson: Faculty diversity is essential to improving student inclusion

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

When Northwestern releases its demographic information for this incoming freshman class, I’m sure the class of 2021 will be touted as “one of the most diverse” groups of admitted students to date. And if that’s the case, it’d be good progress — clear steps in the right direction. However,...

Lee: Let’s celebrate our culture, reflect on APIDA representation this APIDA Heritage Month

Seri Lee, Op-Ed Contributor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I didn’t know Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Month existed until last year, during my senior year of high school. When I coincidentally came across a scholarship for Asian American high school seniors, I found out there existed an entire month — 31 whole days — to commemorate the struggles...

Albanez: Exploring my mixed-race identity at NU has been invaluable experience

Andrea Albanez, Op-Ed Contributor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

In 2011, The New York Times published an article about how many young Americans were no longer defining themselves as one single race, but rather beginning to cast themselves under multiple races or calling themselves “mixed-race.” According to the article, “the crop of students moving through ...