My time in Humanities Core is almost over. This course has been an enlightening experience. It has shown many aspects of history that were either missing, glossed over, or presented from a different perspective. The courses differ from high school from technicalities to critical awareness. I saw myself grow as a better student and individual, alongside … Continue reading Reflect: Humanities Core
Do you see that? Do you see how mouthwatering and savory it looks? Can you imagine the vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce flavor filling your nose? Can you imagine that when you take a bite, it would be the most tender and dedicant piece of chicken you ever had the privilege of taking? If you … Continue reading History in the Kitchen: Adobo
I ask you, how do you define the word "gender"? What does it mean to you to be ___? If you answer that gender is based on your genitals or gender is based on yourself, you're not wrong. The reasoning behind this is that at one point in time gender was based on if an … Continue reading Gender: Biology or Validation?
Although the title suggests that this digression will be about how the color white is difficult to write with, the following post will be about how often historical texts, literary works, and events are often catered to White (Caucasian, European, etc.) people. Being in an age where more and more people are recognizing how various … Continue reading The Problem With Writing in “White”
Language has been with us since the beginning of time. Everyone around the world uses different words, accents, syntax, etc. to express themselves verbally or in writing. Language can be a weapon as coined by Professor Jane Lewis, "Language is the partner to empire." In other words, language is another tool an empire can use to … Continue reading “I GOT THE POWER!” In Language
For as long as anyone, myself included, knows, history has been written by the winner or in lesser cases, the survivor. Whether it be history about Europe or the United States, the textbook is positioned in a certain way, in which the book is written to praise the winner and erase the loser. As a … Continue reading Written by Winners, The Inaccuracies of History
Assimilation can destroy a culture. As a second generation minority, I witnessed and experienced a loss of my culture. I am a Filipino American yet as I see myself evolved and changed in front of a mirror, I see more American than Filipino. Comparing myself to my mother who immigrated to the United States twenty … Continue reading Assimilation, the eraser to the United States pencil
(Updated: November 29, 2016) The title is jarring, especially in the peaceful United States as there should not be any racial prejudice or racism.That's what I used to believe. I used to believe that I will not receive or experience any insults or mockery because I am an Asian American. This belief resulted in a small … Continue reading Manifest Destiny Encourages Oppression
At an early age, I was always taught about the traditional values in order to become a respected individual of society. I was always taught to solve math using PEMDAS, to never use Wikipedia for English reports, and to always raise my hand to answer questions. This education I received during primary school did not … Continue reading Relatable: Awake
Throughout history, there are many famous names such as Caesar, Charles VII, Rousseau, Albert Einstein, Ronald Regan, and Donald Trump. However, these are famous men. There are famous women too such as Abigail Adams and Michelle Obama but their fame was based on challenging the stereotypes. There is a common criticism of "Can anyone seriously … Continue reading Comparison: Image of Women
J.K. Rowling series, Harry Potter, was created during the 21st century and it was a wonderful escape from reality for individual, like myself, who felt life got too crazy or confusing. I grew up with this series and believed my Hogwarts letter was intercepted by Voldemort and his Deatheaters, thus never had an opportunity to … Continue reading Comparison: Harry Potter & Aeneas
Do you ever think of how many words are in the English dictionary? What about the words that have multiple meanings? The word "this" can refer to a person, a thing, a specific detail, or an idea. What about the connotation of a word that changed over time? From Positive to Negative or Negative to … Continue reading McDonald’s is an Empire.