another political + nonfiction book list

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I’ve read a lot of nonfiction in the past, but until now, it’s been limited to feminist ideology and American politics. However, this booklist features a very diverse set of authors and topics, even though they are all connected by a general theme of politics, foreign affairs, and feminism. A fun fact about all these books is that they are all from used bookstores. I sought out most of these books on my favorite online used bookstore, Thriftbooks, but a couple randomly drew my attention at a local used bookstore. These are all books that I recommend for anyone that wants to learn more about the topics I just mentioned and is genuinely curious about the world.

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let’s talk about slacktivism

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Between challenging systemic racism through the Black Lives Matter Movement to the fight for voting rights in the upcoming US election, a lot is happening in the world right now. On top of it, the coronavirus has restricted our access to conventional activist opportunities. AND social media is on the rise, becoming pervasive and an even stronger tool in our society. All of these combined equal the need for people to take action. However, these conditions have also fostered a rise in slacktivism. There are a lot of questions to answer and a lot of things to discuss, especially if we want to be productive social media activists and activists in general. Additionally, I want to mention that you don’t need to be “an activist” to promote change and create a world that is more just and fair.

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how america’s politicization of the coronavirus has led us to death

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The best way for me to get enraged enough about a topic to dedicate an entire post to it is by watching the news. I feel that I’m not alone in thinking “how did we get here”, every time I watch the news or read about how this administration is letting people die while they politicize everything. We all know politics, especially in the current state of America, can be extremely polarizing. The fact that we have allowed or that political leaders have encouraged the politicization of everything should scare us. It scares me, especially since it has led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people. And now, with the coronavirus as the “fight for science”, we have only seen the government politicizing exacerbated. What does this mean for the future of America? Why is this dangerous and worthy of examination? In what ways should we be politicizing the coronavirus?

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what kind of an impact will universal healthcare have on jobs?

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I’m going to be honest, I don’t know what got me thinking of healthcare’s relationship to jobs. All I know is that one day I had the question, will medicare for all get rid of health care and administrative jobs? I thought that simply googling this question would bring me an answer. However, this is a very complicated issue. We all know how complex healthcare is, no matter how simple politicians make it seem. This specifically has so many different “expert analyses” that give different answers that have significant effects of one of the boldest (only bold in America) policy ideas. In this post, I’m going to try to simplify it down. What is being said about universal healthcare’s impact on jobs? What’s credible? Are politicians addressing this? Like always, I’m going to included resources and links down below and I urge you to read the resource disclaimer I provided specifically for this topic.

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the 19th amendment did not the end the fight for voting rights

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This past week was the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. As we celebrate this milestone in the women’s suffrage movement, it’s especially important to recognize the reality and restrictions of the amendment as it pertains to women and people of color. We often overlook the harsh actualities of history, while only focuses on the surface meaning. I don’t want to diminish the significance of the 19th amendment or its place in women’s rights’ history. Rather, I want to ensure that we give attention to the Americans who had to wait 32 – 45 years to vote. In this post, I am going to give a brief history of voting rights as it pertains to people and women of color. Even further, I want to make sure that we all remain aware that the fight for voting rights still exists and requires our action.

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let’s talk about the united states postal service

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I’ve had this topic and post idea in my mind for a while, but this issue has been in the news a little more than usual, which gave me the push to talk about it. I think that a lot of us take the postal service for granted or don’t truly understand its value to our society. Now that it’s being threatened and at risk, we are all waking up to what life would be like without it. And with everything going on *cough cough* COVID-19, the last thing we need is an under-appreciated postal service to dissolve.

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will covid-19 actually have a lasting environmental impact?

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One of the unseen positive effects of the coronavirus that gets cited quite often is the impact that it has had on the environment. With lockdowns and more people staying home, lifestyles are changing, resulting in things such as reduced pollution due to a decline in the use of transportations. However, I think people are overlooking some of the less optimistic aspects of the reality of the environment. Additionally, I think that we could all use some clarity of the likelihood of a positive and impact on the environment. I’ve seen so many different expert opinions and predictions that all contribute to the larger debate about whether or not the coronavirus will have a lasting impact on the environment, positive or negative. And like always, I have provided resources and articles at the end of this post.

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let’s talk about the missing diversity in english class

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I was recently reminded of the blatant lack of diversity that still plagues our classrooms. I go through this every year. Back to school sales are popping up as everyone prepares for next year. No matter how unconventional that year is going to be, students are preparing and buying supplies. Among those supplies are books for English and literature classes. As I viewed my list of required books for the year, I wasn’t even surprised that all of them, but one, were written by white men. I have written posts before about problematic aspects of literature, this post is going to focus on its role in classrooms.

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how voter suppression is a danger to our democracy

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I had to double-check to make sure that I haven’t already written about this topic because it’s something that I think and talks a lot about. Voter suppression is a very dangerous and serious topic, especially now that the coronavirus is further aiding suppressive efforts by those trying to hamper voters. In my post how the coronavirus is testing our election system, I touch a little bit on its impact on voter suppression. However, this post is going to go much deeper into the issue, COVID-19’s heightening effects, and how it is a danger to the country and its values. As always, there will be several resources and articles at the end of this post, for further education. You can also click here to read more of my posts about the coronavirus or here to read more on voting.

 

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let’s talk about the government’s response to reopening schools

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American public schools have been the subject of many debates and discussions in the news lately. And while this is primarily because of the position that the coronavirus puts students in and the opinions of many political figures, I believe that some things are going unsaid. If you have read some of my past COVID-19 posts, you probably have noticed a pattern in the impact of the pandemic on American politics and the government. It’s exposing the weak and vulnerable aspects of the country, and we need to make sure we are paying attention while reforming what’s broken. As always, I will include some resources and articles throughout and at the end, for further research.

 

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where are all the women in politics

American politics is lacking in female representation. That isn’t new information. When we look at countries, like New Zealand, (my favorite) with female leadership, somewhat thriving right now, it makes you wonder, why aren’t more women involved in American politics. Furthermore, where are all the women of color in politics? As we think about ways to improve the country and government, we first need to think about what’s missing from it. As always, there will be resources and articles available for you below. 

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how you can fight against racism

This post is going to be more serious. However, I’m not going to talk about how the government and local authorities are failing to reform a long-lasting issue of police violence, gun violence, police militarization, all fueled by racism. This post is going to be a compilation of resources for you to actively fight racism, specifically in regards to recent acts of racist police violence against black men, such as George Floyd. And just racism in general. If you do have any credible resources that I may have missed, feel free to email me so that I can add them to this post or leave them in the comments.

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why can’t i find a book written by author of color?

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I love books a lot. I specifically love gender studies, political ideology, and classics. However, I noticed something recently as I was looking for more books to read during this quarantine. All of the books I’m looking at are written by white men. And the books that haven’t been written by white people are books that focus on race. It’s hard to find a simple politics book written by someone than a white guy. Not to say that I don’t enjoy books about racial relationships, but why aren’t there more minority authors writing a variety of books. Why aren’t more minorities becoming authors and writers in general? That’s what I’m going to try to figure out in this post. You can click here to read my booklist about some of my favorite books written by minority authors and some of my favorite minority authors.

 

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my june bullet journal​

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It’s the beginning of a new month which means a new bullet journal spread. I feel like I’ve been talking a lot about serious stuff on this blog, which isn’t bad, but I think this post will be a nice refresher. The colors and theme are a little brighter than I usually go for which is just what we all need at times like this. If you would like to see some more of my bullet journal posts, you can click here for those posts or click here for my Pinterest board.

 

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how to make and donate covid-19 masks

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Ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, I’ve had an eager wanting to help. As a social distancing student and teenager, my options were limited. However, I found a way to put my sewing skills and an abundance of fabric to use. I’ve been a protective mask making machine, donating bunches every few weeks when I’m able to get more supplies. I haven’t done a sewing post in a while, but I wanted to share how I made these masks and also how to donate them. That was the tricky part for me. Overall, I want to show you all how easy it is to help and maybe even support some local businesses at the same time.

 

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my book list written by minorities

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I was planning and writing a blog post about two of my favorite topics, minority representation, and books! This post is going to be the intro to that bigger and more serious posts. I wanted to do this booklist first to be a little more optimistic and because what better to do, since we are all in quarantine than reading!!! I’m going to share some of my favorite books written by minority authors, with a range of genres. I’m also just going to share some authors that have written too many great books to list, but I still wanted to include. Additionally, I will leave links to each book in case you want to purchase them. Feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comments, because I’m always looking for new ones.

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let’s talk about asian pacific american heritage month

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I know that May is almost over, but I still want to take the time to recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). I didn’t want to rush this post, and I wanted to make sure I did it right, even if that meant that it would come out halfway through the month. I am Asian American, but before this year I didn’t know what APAHM was. Of course, I was aware of it, but I never really took the time to read into the history of how different cultures celebrate it. This post is going to go over the general information about APAHM and what it’s history and purpose is.

 

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does calling congress do anything?

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If you are interested in politics or social justice, but you don’t have the kind of platform to introduce legislation or talk on tv, you have a problem heard the suggestion, call your representative, and tell them your grievances. If you are under 18 and can’t vote (LIKE ME) oftentimes, it’s hard to actively effect change. However, ads and Instagram are not slow to let you know that you can call congress or your elected officials. But how effective is that? I honestly never thought about the process or effect that calling congress does. Now I know that it’s not that simple. In this post, I’m going to cover the behind the scenes process of calling an elected official, the history of it, and whether or not it’s worth it. After all, if it’s our right to advocate for ourselves and our ideas, then maybe we should know more about it.

 

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let’s talk about covid-19 and the education system

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Yes, another coronavirus post. However, this one is so crucial and as a student, is significant to me. This post is going to discuss (somewhat intensely) how the coronavirus is opening our eyes to the educational disparities in the country and within specific communities. I did a lot of research for this post because even though I was aware of this issue before, I realize now that I only knew the surface. It’s a major issue that correlates to so many other problems in the country and I’m glad that I’m finally dedicating a post to it. You can click here to see all of the COVID-19 related posts. There are A LOT of resources at the end of the post, more than usual, because of how deep this topic goes, that I highly recommend looking into if you want to further your understanding.

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how has blogging helped me as a global citizen

 

Recently, I’ve been thinking about why I blog about politics and feminism. The main reason I could think of was that I have become a better global citizen and activist. This is post is going to be mainly about how blogging and writing have impacted me, but also about what a global citizen is and why it’s important. Like always, I have some resources and articles at the bottom of the page for further reading.

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my may bullet journal

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I thought that I may have been overdoing it with all of the heavy political writing, SOO this is going to be a calm, normal bullet journal post! I think that it’s important to note that I love writing about politics and feminism, but I also like bullet journaling. If you are interested in my other bullet journal posts, you can click here to see them all! I also used my pinterest a lot for bullet journaling, but there are also some feminist and political boards.

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how the coronavirus is testing our election system

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I know that I’ve been talking about the coronavirus a lot, but my blog is largely impacted by current events, and the coronavirus gives me a lot to think and write about. You can click here to read my other posts about the coronavirus if you are interested in the politics and the social impacts of the virus. However, this post is going to focus and go in-depth on one of the topics I mentioned in those posts. Elections. Not just the elections but the recent changes, the state governments, and the voters themselves. If you have followed me on this blog for a while, you would know how passionate I am about voting and the election system (even though I can’t vote yet). It should be no surprise that I have more than a few thoughts on what’s happening to current elections amid the coronavirus and social distancing. As always, I will provide some articles and resources for more information at the end of the post and feel free to comment on your thoughts as well!

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what should the government learn from covid-19

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When I say learn from this virus, I mean learn from the situation we are in and all of the effects it’s having. The government is not doing the best job handling the coronavirus and that’s why it’s not getting better at the same rate as other countries. It would be unfortunate if, after the coronavirus epidemic was over, we learned nothing from it or our failures. The coronavirus is showing us the clearly weak parts of our country and it’s going to make us deal with them, hopefully As always, at the bottom of the post I have included more resources and articles that I found very informative and useful.

 

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my political book guide

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During this quarantine period, I made the plan to read… A LOT. I normally read a pretty good amount outside of school, usually a new book a week, but I’m taking advantage of all this free time to read even more. Although the first book is the only political nonfiction book I’ve read during this period so far, I wanted to make a small list of my all-time favorites that I have found very useful and enlightening. I wrote a feminist book guide, but these focus more on politics and international relations.

 

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let’s talk about the coronavirus

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I already wrote a post, a while ago, about how everyone should stop joking about the coronavirus. This was before it was in America, but was still very serious. I tried to warn everyone, but here we are. I had to write more about it so that I can fully comprehend what is happening, but also so we can document it. Two posts are coming out, dedicated to this global epidemic. The first, this post, is just about the facts and about how the government, big brands, and people are reacting. The next post is going to talk about how we should reflect and learn from the situation that everyone is in. I’m also including more credible resources and some opinion pieces that I enjoyed, at the bottom of the page, in case you want to do some more reading.  Continue reading