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apollo-papafrangou's picture
Mar.17.2014
I was born in 1980 to a Greek-American mother and a Greek father. My dad was among the second large wave of immigrants to come from Greece in the 1970s and 80s. Though we lived close to Oakland’s Ascension Cathedral, my family wasn’t zealously involved with the church, attending mainly on the big...
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...
arlene-goldbard's picture
May.12.2013
Dear Readers: I’d love to see you at my upcoming book launches in New York at 6 pm on Thursday, 23 May and Berkeley at 2 pm on Sunday, 2 June.     What comes to mind when I write that someone has used words as blunt instruments? Insults or arguments maybe, the kind of...
katherine-gregor's picture
May.06.2012
Join a library, apply for a job or submit a play for a competition.  More often than not, you will have to fill one in.  Apparently, their purpose is to guarantee an equal distribution of opportunities among ethnic backgrounds.  Does it really work? I am fully aware that this policy...
suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.18.2011
I guess, if you say so but I find it difficult to say I'm anything except all the above to any ethnicity. It's got to be one of the more ridiculous titles we give ourselves these days and we all do it to define people, guilty here too but is that who we are? I imagine it helps matchmakers; it's...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.19.2011
And where did that come from? Someone makes a derogatory comment and then it gets into your head like an earworm. Nothing worse than a bad song going round in your head. Time for creating a mantra. Your own mantra. Because ... love conquers hate.   Suellen Ocean is the author of The Celtic...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.28.2011
You could be. It’s possible that your ancestors were Jewish and they did their best to conceal it. Throughout history, Jews have hidden and cut their ties to avoid persecution. There are many clues to decipher before uncovering family secrets and organizations dedicated to helping one find their...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.20.2011
Everyone belongs to a variety of “groups”. Whether it be the color of your skin group, the territory group (where your people hail from) what clothes you wear or what music you choose to listen to and especially what your spiritual beliefs are. We are all in a group (or groups) and moving in...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Apr.12.2011
Soon, millions of Christians will gather to celebrate Easter.  For many of them, the literal, not merely metaphorical, resurrection of Jesus -- that is, a bodily resuscitation -- is necessary for any of it to have validity. Is this necessary? Does the resurrection need the resuscitation of Jesus'...
karen-topakian's picture
May.28.2010
The luck of the draw. The luck of the Irish. He's a lucky guy. As luck would have it. Luck be a lady tonight. Those are the first thoughts that come to mind when I hear the word luck. But last week I used the term to describe myself. I had been invited to participate in a video interview about...