When a pandemic means losing control over one’s life, the qualities which make us human become compromised. The choice to associate COVID-19 with China stems from historical and systemic choices in America to associate disease with foreigners and particularly Chinese immigration.
A closer examination of the politics of “Parasite” and its Oscar success reveals the extremity of Western culture’s global influence and Hollywood’s domination of the film industry, and it inadvertently sets a standard for foreign countries that desire inclusion in the glamour and prestige of the Academy Awards.
But when I stripped away all expectations and started from a baseline of nothing, adding instead of subtracting from my potential, I found that communicating in Japanese began to feel fun rather than embarrassing.
I begin to have qualms when certain aspects of Asian culture are cherry-picked while other aspects are rejected or when white Americans begin profiting from the exploitation of Asian culture.
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My first memories of Princeton are the awe and pride I felt when I first gazed up at the Hogwarts-style turrets flanking Blair Arch; the muggy, swamp-like air of the final days of summer that made walking feel like wading through a swamp; the utter fear and excitement of entering the Rocky dining hall with a plate of D-hall food for the first time, alone.
Of course, not everyone has these same associations, but in hopes of spreading some of my holiday cheer with others, I’ve created a playlist packed with fresh Christmas-and-winter-related jams. Well-aware of how annoying Christmas music gets after hearing the same songs over and over again, there also are songs by lesser-known and non-Christmassy artists as well.