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As an Asian-American person, particularly a South Asian-American, I often find myself fighting an internal battle with the part of myself that still clings on to the idea that any representation is good representation. I grew in the early 2000s, when the only Indian on TV was Apu from The Simpsons, and when post-9/11 fear sometimes makes living in this country with brown skin a fatal experience. Despite the fact that Indian-American representation in the media has dramatically increased in recent years, I often get the feeling that Indian-America …

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So today is the second Monday in October, more commonly known as Columbus Day. To be honest, I almost forgot because Rutgers didn’t give us the day off, which is really the only thing that counts in my mind.


With every passing Columbus Day, I notice more and more people realizing the fact that Christopher Columbus was actually a horrible person and shouldn’t be credited with anything, and that’s wonderful. I’m all for being critical of historical figures, especially when those historical figures were responsible for the rapes, murders,

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As you’ve probably heard by now, Nina Davuluri of New York was crowned Miss America last night. And that means you’ve probably also heard the hysterical joy-crying of every South Asian-American person you know. (We get real excited whenever another South-Asian person does something. I was 10 and had no idea what White Castle was when Harold and Kumar came out and I was still excited.)

 

But, of course, no brown-skinned person’s success is complete without the hoards of racist white people showing up. Twitter included such …

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Tomorrow, the HUB network premieres the first episode of it’s new cartoon series, SheZow. The show, focused on a young boy who transforms into a female superhero has, unsurprisingly, drawn a lot of criticism, concern and outrage from some who feel that it might somehow convince young kids to become Trans*. While this is obviously ridiculous, I still have my apprehensions before we declare this a win for the LGBTQ community and reproductive justice as a whole.

In discussing this with my mom, she pointed out the distinct difference …

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Quevenzhané Wallis, for those of you who haven’t been following the media buzz recently, is a 9 year-old-girl who is, in my opinion, a superhero. She’s one of those people you read about in magazines or see on TV and feel simultaneously impressed that they’ve accomplished so much at such a young age and terrible about yourself for being so comparatively inadequate. In her short life, she’s become the youngest Oscar nominee for Best Actress, stood up to people who refuse to pronounce her name correctly, and accumulated quite …