my race is not a joke.

Last Sunday, I watched the Oscars, fully expecting Chris Rock to completely slaughter the Academy for its lack of non-white acting nominees and criticize Hollywood as a whole for its low-key but pervasive racism. (His joke comparing Hollywood to sororities was hilarious. “We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”)

At first, I thought he was doing a solid job. Then he brought three Asian kids onstage and my heart sank.

If you didn’t get to see the Academy Awards last week, Rock brought out these three Asian kids and introduced them as the accountants who had tabulated all the votes for the ceremony. (You can see the video embedded here). Oh, yet another “Asians are good at math” joke! Wow, soriginal.

Then, to make it even worse, he finished with this: “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”

Seriously? Where do I even begin?

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hello 2016!

Hey guys!

I was thinking about this blog and how I haven’t been doing a good job of posting regularly (whoops). So I went and looked through this blog today and realized it’s been exactly a year since my first post! I figured I’d catch you guys up on what’s been going on with me.

A few things have changed since that inaugural post, but I still feel like the same person. Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where I’m at right now:

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current obsessions | the late edition

Well, I did my best to stay on track with my current obsessions posts, but life has been hectic over the past few months! This post was supposed to cover July and August, but it’s already September. Oops.

July and August were very busy months for me — I started a new summer job, went on a cruise, and moved back to Austin, Texas, for college (and into my first apartment!). I’m about two-and-a-half weeks into my junior year of college, and although things aren’t busy quite yet, the first wave of project deadlines and exams is quickly approaching. However, I thought I’d take some time to tell you about the stuff that’s been on my radar lately…

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reconciling my beliefs with religion

(source: slate.com)

This is going to be one monster of a post, but in light of recent events, I felt the need to get my thoughts in order and articulate all the conflict that’s going on inside my head.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Many were overjoyed at the ruling; on social media, members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike added a rainbow-tinted hue to their profile pictures and made use of the #LoveWins hashtag. Even companies got in on the celebration and added rainbow colors to their logos.

And yet in the midst of all this celebration, some people, primarily conservative Christians, weren’t in a joyous mood. Some of these people are acquaintances of mine — people that I haven’t known for long but have gotten along with really well.

Before I get into my personal opinions on same-sex relationships and marriage, let’s back up a little.

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on racial identity, media representation, and finding my place in the Asian-American community

A few pictures from my travels to the Philippines, where my family is from.

A few pictures from my travels to the Philippines, where my family is from.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking as to where I fit within the Asian/Asian-American community. Blogs like Angry Asian Girls United and This Is Not Pilipinx have been great resources that have really helped me think about who I am and where I stand. In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, I wanted to share my thoughts on growing up Asian-American and trying to figure out where I belong.

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