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evan-pullins's picture
Mar.26.2014
I stood in the back; hiding, waiting, taking it all in. I hid from the small hint of fear that lingered behind my eyes, trying to be supportive to my companion. I waited for him to hold up the tent flap before I entered, waited for the cold to turn to heat and the overcast sky to clear. I took a...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Mar.18.2014
  As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, photographerRobert Dodge offers us a compelling new view of Vietnam, my homeland, in his new book of photography: Vietnam 40 Years Later. Below is the foreword that I wrote for that book. You can order it ahead of...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Jan.26.2014
In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a dog is shown lounging by a pool and saying to a pup: “Youtube’s one thing, but cats will never make it on the big screen.” A funny commentary, surely, but in America that statement could just as easily be applied to ethnic minorities, especially Asian Americans....
allan-goldstein's picture
Jan.16.2014
            Is there a modern cultural phenomenon more widely reviled than political correctness? In the forty years it’s been with us, I can’t recall a single person claiming to like it.          ...
orna-b-raz's picture
Jan.04.2014
The English department at the University of Iowa offered many interesting graduate courses, but  I really wanted to take the seminar in expository writing. In order to be admitted we had to submit a sample of our work, I sent two  papers, both had received very good grades. To my dismay I...
aberjhani's picture
Dec.13.2013
  “Let the efforts of us all, prove that he [Martin Luther King Jr.] was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. Let a new age dawn!"    –– Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Dec.07.2013
December 7     Anti-Forfeit Activity   I don’t want to write bad, forced, poor, weak, care-worn poems, but I won’t write any good ones if I don’t lift this pen.  The embarrassment I might feel for lackluster lines is far less than the shame of empty notebooks.  I don’t...
rodney-d-coates's picture
Sep.24.2013
Often the most problematical persons to deal with, specifically with regards to issues of diversity, are the "enlightened ones".  For these are the ones who frequently make earnest attempts at accommodating those who are typically classified as a minority.  The problem is that they often...
andrew-q-lam's picture
Sep.16.2013
Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to hold the title of Miss America and it should be something for all Americans to celebrate. Her story, after all, is one of the more optimistic news about immigration in recent times. Alas, it's a victory marred by waves of racist backlash in social...
karen-devaney's picture
Jun.06.2013
Stop Judging Start Listening:  A reflection of similarities between religions and spiritual practices   Arguing for the sake of religion is an innate absurdity that denies the very essence of a spiritual tradition in the first place.  There is not one religion or spiritual practice...