Open Discussion: Can I be called a ‘xenophobe’ for sh**ing on TikTok?

Let me make this clear. I do not like TikTok. Moreover, I do not like short-form social media in general (e.g. Twitter, Snapchat). They never really appealed to my desire for wholesome content and analysis; are more susceptible to toxicity (read: white fragility); and I can’t keep up with everything that’s going on. I still don’t understand how my young peers maintain presence on multiple short-form platforms, but hats off to them, I guess.

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Even the UW didn’t see this one coming

The United States have become a petri dish of serious ongoing epidemics from coronavirus to systemic racism—and now, xenophobia. Yesterday, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced changes to temporary exemptions that allowed international students on F-1 visas to take classes entirely online. SEVP basically put the kibosh on that exemption by making it impossible for international students to take a full course load online and remain in the U.S.

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The worst course I have ever taken

Many of you don’t know, but my senior year at the University of Washington was quite tumultuous in terms of academics. Some of the courses I took last year were really terrible either because the instructor was egotistic, or because the instructor clearly didn’t bother to set up a consistent class structure. I plan to unpack that in a future post. But objectively speaking, those classes had decent content, and my experiences of completing them have taught me important things about myself and my communities. Today, we’re going to talk about a class that I think falls short in both areas.

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I tested negative for coronavirus

What’s going on fellow bus enthusiasts and dǰ pišpiš fans? I still haven’t fully transitioned out of the academic realm. I wanted to share some news that I think is important for folks and communities around me to know. I tested negative for coronavirus. Now that I told you, let’s talk about what it was like getting tested and what the results mean.

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Advice for First Year Students at UW – Pandemic Edition

I’m no expert on surviving online classes let alone the coronavirus. By the time that pandemic hit, I barely started writing my Honours thesis, and I knew I needed more structure to fill my free time and maintain motivation. It worked out well. I was able to co-create a wonderful (virtual) community with Indigenous graduate and undergraduate peers, and completed my 90-page thesis in time for (virtual) commencement. So, I hope you can gather from this anecdote the fact that my experiences with online classes are incommensurable with my peers’—and that my peers’ experiences are incommensurable with each other.

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Bus Fanning During Wave II of Pandemic (Spoiler Alert – Don’t Do It)

I’m a fan of public transport far more than I am fan of fraternity parties. I think we can all agree that in this time of pandemic, riding buses is far safer than attending the fraternity parties that could balloon to at least 70 people at one time. But with the news of Washington State’s largest county having moved on to Phase II of the state’s “Safe Start” plan, and what some media outlets call the “second wave” of coronavirus in the U.S., there are a lot of mixed messages on whether it is safe to emerge from our homes and start doing the activities we love to do—including bus fanning.

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The Last Stand II: A Shameless Plug for Research Family

Earlier this week, I dropped some fire at API Cares about their tokenization and marginalization of Pacific Islander students. Let’s stop for a minute and pose a serious question: If API Cares (perhaps under a new identity) moves to focus on the Asian American student community, what spaces are available for Pacific Islander students to talk about and advocate for mental health awareness in their communities? It’s a serious question because there are currently no student organizations at UW that specifically focus on mental health for the Pacific Islander student community (short of API Cares). But I argue that Pacific Islander students have already been creating such resources for their communities. This group has been under my nose the whole time that I have been arguing with API Cares. It’s called Research Family.Continue reading “The Last Stand II: A Shameless Plug for Research Family”

“API Cares”: The Last Stand

It’s been one and a half weeks since I turned in my senior Honors thesis, and my transition to the real world has been, well, incomplete. So yesterday like all other days of an academic quarter, I got up and consumed some bacon grease when I saw a message from one of my buddies at API Cares asking me to speak to the new board next week about the issues that come with the term “API.”
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An apology

Dear family, friends, and colleagues,

Last night was a tough night on the ground for everyone involved in the federal courthouse march. I had been listening in on Seattle PD radio dispatch as three distict events unfolded and diverged; looking for and relaying key information to a friend by Messenger. Whether or not it was helpful could really only be determined by my friend at this point.Continue reading “An apology”

I went from “half-***” to “legendary” in a matter of years.

These past few days have been very big days for me. Gillian and I commenced a very complex photo operation that involved rescuing ti leaves from Seattle’s industrial district, and keeping 2 meters away from each other at all times as we scaled campus the next day. This is just one of the examples of the great work we did during our operation.Continue reading “I went from “half-***” to “legendary” in a matter of years.”