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Corporate Bound: Asian American women face discrimination in the workplace

Corporate Bound: Asian American women face discrimination in the workplace

By: Cindy Lu Victoria Lim, a Chinese American, was trying to cover veteran memorials in nearby communities as a journalism student, but she was turned away from the organizers of the memorial. Her very presence as an Asian American was seen as irreverent. “He said, ‘How disrespectful can you be?

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Big appetite, little time

Big appetite, little time

By: Rakell Merci The timer is set, the challenge is ready, and there’s only one thought running through Nathan Figueroa’s mind: Leave no crumb behind. Eating challenges aren’t unfamiliar to the 28 year old. He’s eaten a 10-ounce burger, a carton of fries and a seven-layer cake for the Kitchen

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Redefining Masculinity

Redefining Masculinity

Sweat drips down his chiseled jawline as he flexes his muscles and lifts weights. He knows that after he finishes at the gym, he must go to the bar, discuss football with his “bros,” check out girls at the bar and eat his body weight’s worth in meat – all

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Hijabi

Hijabi

“If you Google ‘Muslim woman,’ there is a pretty distinct image that comes up,” said Rana Abdelhamid, a 22-year-old student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. “It’s of a woman that’s wearing a niqab that’s completely black, which is very uniform and not representative of the diversity and heterogeneity

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Blood Lines

Blood Lines

How could I refuse my dying father?” asked Lane Wilcken softly. After Wilcken’s father, Willis Lane Wilcken, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, doctors suggested marking his skin so they could track the radiation that would soon be used to fight the aggressive disease. Wilcken’s father didn’t want a stranger marking his

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Skincare in the Western and Asian Worlds

Skincare in the Western and Asian Worlds

Small, plastic particles found in hygiene and cosmetic products have been wreaking havoc for the environment. Despite the immense attention that microbeads have garnered in American media in recent months, we don’t often hear about these plastic exfoliators in Asian products. Some believe the Asian beauty product industry’s emphasis on

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Marry Vuong Balancing Two Worlds: Fashion & Pharmacy

Ever since she was a young girl, Marry Vuong knew she had an interest in the fashion world. Her passion began at home with her grandmother and her Barbie. Vuong is a second-year pharmacy student the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and also a fashion designer with her own collection,

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Date Night With Sparks

Written by Jess Bautista & Alexandria Ng For young adults who are living in a college town and in a time where traditional dinner dating isn’t as appreciated, it’s essential to know where to munch if you decide to take your potential boyfriend or girlfriend out on a date. Sparks Magazine put

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The Pearl of the Black Tea: Bringing Boba To Gainesville

Author: Alexandria Ng of Sparks Magazine College students flock to Lollicup in search of an unconventional hangout spot besides ice cream shops and nightclubs. Boba tea, which are tea-based drinks with small balls of tapioca at the bottom, originated in Taiwan and have become increasingly popular worldwide. Nam Diep, owner of Lollicup Coffee

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The Road to Authenticity: Asian Street Food Rises to Popularity in Orlando

The Road to Authenticity: Asian Street Food Rises to Popularity in Orlando

There was a time when chop suey and chow mein were mistakenly thought to be the honorable representatives from the faraway land of Asia.  To appeal to the non-Asian palate, many traditional dishes were modified and new dishes were invented. Eventually, Asian American food said good-bye to its traditional cousin,

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