Tag: academia

Something About Education

Almost 10 years ago I was a teacher at Golden High School, and I created this class called Contemporary Literature and Identity. I was trying to put color and cultures into the literature students read. The voting board of department teachers was super supportive and unanimously voted on its...

Branded Rhetoric

Anti-black sentiment is long-standing in Asian communities and has impacted me personally with regard to colorism. The issue is so extreme that skin bleaching or color-fading products are given to young people in efforts to lighten skin. One only has to look at K-pop or Asian models to understand...

My Apathetic Outrage

I think I’m supposed to be out there doing something. I think I’m supposed to be using my voice to raise critical consciousness and dogged resolve to reform the systemic racial injustice that persists. In education. On Reservations. On the streets where the blood of black bodies continually trickles...

The Time to Throw Stars

Yesterday, Scott and I discussed social media and the ups and downs of scrolling through countless posts of gloom and doom in the time of global crisis. It’s necessary but taxing on the human spirit—something that’s sorely needed if we are to endure the pandemic and its long-reaching outcomes....

Rule Number 1

I have given birth four times. Three of the four were actual babies. The fourth, well, labor lasted six years and granted me a degree that apparently only 1.7% of academics actually earn: a PhD. Oddly, the process of giving birth and finishing my PhD are quite similar. I...

A Dissertation Defense

This is a media piece specifically designed to speak to my dissertation titled: Same Same but Different: The Self-Portraiture of a Vietnam War Adoptee and the Poststructural Language of Alterity. The concept is to describe how language has served as a mechanism for my survival as well as my...

Impact of Marginalization

This project was developed as a presentation for a final paper. In order to present the concepts of the paper (divergent thinking and creative assessment) the video was used as an exemplar for not just how students gravitate towards alternate methods of curriculum and instruction but how the impact...