On the burden of heritage

BY KRISTIN CHANG Before coming to Sarah Lawrence, I never truly considered API (Asian/Pacific Islander) Heritage Month to be a real thing: though my high school was majority East and South Asian, we never acknowledged May as anything other than the hectic time before finals, or when the weather was just starting to scorch.  A…

Poetry Playlist: A Celebration of Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

BY KRISTIN CHANG Poetry Playlist: A Celebration of Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month  SPAM’s carbon footprint by Craig Perez Santos Microaggression Bingo by Fatimah Asghar Anna May Wong goes home with Bruce Lee by Sally Wen Mao alka finds a hair by Shakthi Shrima Linsanity by Kien Lam Sestina by Ira Sukrungruang Jasmine puts Monkey in…

10 Internet Resources for Anti-Racist Allies

by Lizza Rodriguez  1. Poem – “How we Forget” by Loyce Gayo Book- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis Website- Mapping Police Violence Article, Latina.com- “Dear Kylie..” Organization-  Get involved: Hudson Valley Community Coalition , Donate  Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation between Audre Lorde and James Baldwin Article- “A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint”, New York Times 8….

Post-Election Disenchantment Blues

by  L. Alexander I distinctly remember that on the night of November 7th I turned my phone off, shut my eyes tightly and hoped that all would work out well. I’d submitted my absentee ballot a few weeks prior; it was six weeks before I would return to the United States. I’d fired off one…

White women are not my sisters (and other thoughts on the Women’s March)

by Kristin Chang When fellow first-year Jordan Valerie Allen and I organized a group of 50 students to attend the Women’s March on Washington (with the absolutely invaluable help and guidance of Natalie Gross), we hadn’t quite anticipated that we’d be drowned in a wave of cisnormative white women wearing pink “pussyhats.” And after scanning…

Scar Story

by Keya Acharya  *Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence/ Trauma    Scar Story   there’s one on the back side of my funny bone from when the doctor injected numbing cream and then twisted a metal circle piece into my arm and dug the skin out   a long skinny one on my toe (the sides of…

Call in Response: Police Brutality On.Stage

BY LIZZA RODRIGUEZ  In the month of August alone, American Police extrajudicially murdered close to 100 people, most of whom were black and brown folxs. Police brutality in the 21st century has been revealed as the nation state’s ahistorical performance; local and state law enforcement officials direct the show with the help of military grade…

I Will Never Be Cho Chang

BY KRISTIN CHANG In fifth grade, I dressed up as Hermione Granger for Halloween. My costume was made entirely of household parts: my wand was a chopstick, my robe was stitched from an old baby blanket, and I’d drawn red and gold stripes onto a napkin for a tie. I was proud of my costume,…

Can I Speak?

(On White Man-Splaining in Our Classrooms?) By LIZZA RODRIGUEZ So, Sarah Lawrence, How do we make room? It is clear to everyone who considers themselves members of this campus community that Sarah Lawrence is meant to be a place where critical thinking and social action are mediated among all of us here—a branding of neoliberal…

On Showing Up

By Kristin Chang Dear allies: Show up. Yes, it’s that simple. Scrolling through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, the sheer amount of social media activism and awareness on Sarah Lawrence campus is visually impressive, but at some point we have to examine and ask ourselves: when and how does this activism become “ally theater” (a…