Back in 1979, Phal Sok and his family were one of the many refugees who were resettled in the U.S. following the Khmer Rouge. Sok and his family struggled to make ends meet, his mother leaving when he was just two years old and his father permanently injured from being beaten in a labor camp. For Sok, school was not a place where he could seek help and shelter from the community’s violence, but rather a place of shame and bullying.
Addressing our need for anti-racism, diversity in the Asian community, and accurate and holistic BIPOC representation.
The U.S. is divided. It is a nation wildly divided on nearly all political fronts. Most intimate to me is the eruptive debate surrounding education.… Read More »The Attack on “Critical Race Theory” in America
At 2 in the morning on Saturday, March 27, I sat at the dining table with my mom, craft supplies scattered all around us.
An anti-hate rally was scheduled for later in the morning and we still had dozens of signs left to make. Besides the scratch of permanent markers on cardboard, we worked in silence. I watched her tired but determined face as she finished one poster and pulled out another, printing clearly a message in dark blue sharpie.
“We Are Not Your Model Minority,” the message read.
What defines something as American? Is it the people? Is it the language? Is it the food? Or culture? The word “America” can conjure up different ideas for different people.