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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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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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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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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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

stoping joking about global emergencies

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The title may not have been clear, but this post is going to be about the perception of the coronavirus. I’m in high school as many of you know, where jokes about the coronavirus are widespread and people are ignorant. I can’t go a day without hearing problematic and insensitive jokes about the coronavirus. Not just jokes, but rumors and false information makes everything even worse. This post is going to discuss why I believe we all need to be more sensitive about the coronavirus and why we need to start taking it more seriously. More than that, the importance of staying aware and informed. I also included some more articles with more opinions and also the facts about the virus.

 

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acknowledging the uncomfortable things

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If you have read any of the posts on this blog or know me, you won’t be surprised when I say that I talk a lot about feminism and politics. I bring it up a lot in my everyday life too. I can’t help but bring it up when I’m watching a movie that has no women, or when I’m reading a book with manipulative ideas surrounding politics. And although it’s natural for me to think about stuff like that (because how can I ignore it), I often get asked why I have to bring it up. Why do I have to “make everything so serious”? Why do I have to make everyone else uncomfortable? Why do I have to point out that the story we are reading in class has hints of white privilege? I’m asked these questions almost every day. I’m asked by my peers, by society, and sometimes, by my mind. But the question I want to ask is, How can I not talk about these important things, whether or not they are uncomfortable? 

 

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how the media is manipulating us : minority representation

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I really wanted to write about how the media’s manipulation and choices affect us, often negatively. That’s when I realized that their actions far exceed the capacity of one blogpost. So this is going to be like a little series. Today’s main focus, minority representation. How does the media portray people and women of color? How do they create stereotypes? Who is affected by this? Are non-minority people aware of the erroneous messages? Those questions are going to be addressed and discussed. I am also going to focus on real world examples that let you decide how you feel and also to show how prevalent it is. Big warning, I am probably going to criticize and expose some of your favorite movies, media platforms, and pop culture idols. So get ready.

 

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can social media save the world?

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This is going to be a very crazy post, but I am going to do my best to organize all my ideas and thoughts. A while ago, I wrote about how awareness can only go so far in terms of solving global, social and political problems. This post is going to focus specifically on social media and the power it has. Or maybe the power it doesn’t have. Writing these kinds of posts where I look and discuss multiple points of views of a topic really helps me determine what I believe. Hopefully, reading it will have the same effects.

 

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when will the world be ready for a female president?

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Most days, I’m very optimistic. I can notice the progress the world is making and still have a realistic outlook. Today is not one of those days. I want to talk about something that on most days, I could say a million positive things about. For example, I could talk about how the democratic candidates have made so much progress in including women and people of color. However, with the decreasing level of diversity in the race, I want to talk about “how the world isn’t ready for a female president” and what needs to happen for them to get with the program.

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is awareness the solution?

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This is a question I think about a lot. How far can raising awareness go when it comes to things like social change, political change, things like human rights violations around the world, etc.? I have so many conflicting thoughts and ideas about it and don’t really know what my definitive answer is. There are a lot of articles and resources out there where people pick one side and argue it, but I wanted to take the time to discuss both ideas. At the end of this post, there are some more resources of other opinions on this topic of change by awareness. I would also love to hear any of your ideas or opinions as well, so feel free to leave them in the comments!

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helping out at the voting polls.

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Anyway, last election day, November 5th, I was an election page. In this post I’m going to discuss what I did, what I noticed and the experience as a whole. I know that I’ve been writing a lot about voting lately, but it’s because I have so much to say. Especially with this new experience, I want to share my thoughts and participation with the voting process. Let me know what other options I should discuss or if you want more voting things!

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