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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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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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 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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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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my april bujo spread + update

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With everything going on in the world, blogging wasn’t at the top of my list. Not that my life has been crazy or terrible, there has just been a lot of changes. BUT, I’m back. And I thought what better way to come back to blogging than with a bullet journal spread. I used to do these every month but stopped blogging about it, but I’m bringing them back. Search bullet journal at the bottom of the page to see all of my bullet journal spreads. Lately, I have been doing color themes instead of idea themes. This month I wanted something brighter and abstract so that I could have more fun with it. Feel free to comment or share in the comments below!

 

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was jane austen a feminist?

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I recently wrote a post about classic literature and feminism. I hinted at a blog post dedicated to classic authors like Henry James and Jane Austen. Throughout the past few months, I have read a lot of classic books for fun. That might seem a little crazy to some people, a year ago it would’ve sounded crazy to me, but I’ve found a new love for classics. However, while reading these books, a lot of questions came into my mind because as a feminist, there are some things I think about all the time. While reading, my feminist mind made me think about whether these books could be feminist novels, even if the authors weren’t feminists (and vice versa). The question I want to focus on today, Was Jane Austen really a feminist? And now that I have read most of her books and done research into her life, and I think I have my answer. 

 

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how are we going to have a discussion if people don’t want to talk

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Even after being called an “aggressive feminist” and “way too opinionated”, I still like to respectfully engage in discussions and conversations. I think they are necessary and I’m not afraid to contribute to larger discussions. However, I wonder, we have these discussions and try to raise awareness, but why aren’t things changing. Perhaps because some of the people that have trouble understanding aren’t in the conversations. That’s the main thing I want to discuss. How are we going to see and promote change if the people it would benefit, people that don’t understand, and everyone, in general, won’t talk or discuss?

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let’s talk about classic literature and feminism

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I love books. When I’m not reading, I’m online looking at thrift books. I particularly like classics and gender studies. But this post is not about gender studies books. After reading books like The Bell Jar and The Portrait of a Lady, I was left with a lot of thoughts and questions. Does having a strong female character makes a book feminist? Does having a feminist author make a book feminist? Can a book still be feminist if the author isn’t one? What if it’s white feminism? Does that mean as much if it was from the 1800s? I don’t know. But hopefully, we can start to think more about it.

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developing your own opinion

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At school and just in general, I’m known for having very strong opinions and not holding them back. And I like to think that I have a very good way of developing my opinions. However, I’ve noticed that some people, who aren’t like me, have trouble sharing their opinion or even figuring out what they believe in. Which is something I mention a lot in almost every post. It’s so important that we have opinions and even more importantly, speak them. I’m going to talk about the importance of forming an opinion and how to make sure they are genuinely yours.

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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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why intersectionality is important

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Get ready, because this is going to be a very controversial post, but when am I ever not controversial. When I first sat down to write this post, I was going to call it, “what is white feminism”. However, I decided to change it because that’s not really what I want to talk about. Yes, I am going to talk about how white feminism can be harmful and contradictory to feminism. But I also want to talk about the significance of intersectional feminist, what it is, and how it’s the actual embodiment of feminism. Continue reading

how the media is manipulating us : body image

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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. Click Here to see the first post about minority representation. Today’s main focus, body image. How does the media portray body image and what is socially acceptable? How do they create unhealthy ideals? Who is affected by this? 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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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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how have I listened to society?

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I think we all care a lot about something, no matter if that is politics or feminism (like me) or something like math. I take a lot of pride in all of the ways that I try to defy the patriarchy and actively seek out change. But I was just thinking, no one is really perfect especially when it involves a big change like that. It might even be an unconscious practice I have, like saying sorry or supporting unethical brands. (both of which I have found ways to eliminate or improve on in the past couple years) In this post, I am going to discuss some of the ways I “let” society and even the patriarchy affect my life, how I try to change that, and why it’s ok + normal. I’d also like to hear from other people and all of your opinions in the comments!

 

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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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my feminist book guide

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Ever since I really got into social science books, I’ve noticed how similar a lot of them are. That being said, I recently finished the 600+ page, Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It’s become one of my favorite books, but if it hadn’t been for one of my teachers, I never would’ve read it. The feminist genre is so pervasive in topics and subtopics, this is meant to make things a little clearer. I love reading books, I love writing about books, so this seemed like the perfect post. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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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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