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When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Only 93 books published last year (less than three percent) featured black characters. The trend for other ethnicities fares no better.

Racism Is So Gay

Omar Sarwar | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Omar Sarwar

It is unreasonable to expect people to become attracted to every kind of look, but it is still better to try and fail than to defend brazenly racist attitudes in the name of "preference."

Ethnic Impasse: A Problem of the Past

Mariam Khan | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

The present government needs to realize that Pakistan should not repeat the events of 1971 when Bangladesh, formerly known as East Pakistan, separated from its Western part. In order to prevent history from repeating itself, serious consideration should be given towards equal rights for all classes and groups.

Cultural Appropriation

Mona R. Washington | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

CAST African-American Boyfriend, Chinese-American Boyfriend, Dominican-American Boyfriend, Deaf-American Boyfriend, Girlfriend One, Girlfriend Two, Tw...

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.

Martin Luther King and Gingerbread Dreams

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

We are all just different shades of gingerbread. Our children have not been taught yet to label. I hope they resist for a long, long time.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

Avoiding Offending Stigmatized Persons: The Matching Strategy

Troy Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

You might find yourself picking up lunch for yourself and an overweight friend. Do you get her fries or salad as a side dish? What do you get for yourself? What will she think when you return with your selections for her and for yourself?

No, I Don't 'Speak Asian' So Please Stop Asking

Celeste Yim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Celeste Yim

Yes, my name is Celeste Sue-Yonge Yim. I am a 17-year-old student in my last year of high school trying to figure out who I am and what to do with my life. I speak English and French, minimal sign language, and I do not speak any Asian.

Where Are the Stories for African Children?

Deborah Ahenkorah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Deborah Ahenkorah

Growing up in Ghana, as my friends and I sat around the front of the school in our brown and beige uniforms waiting for our parents to pick us up, our conversations would inevitably turn towards our favorite characters in books: The Wakefield Twins from Sweet Valley High and the girls from Babysitters Club.

Can Comedy Fight Religious Bigotry?

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Most contemporary observers recognize the role of satire and political comedy in influencing politics and public debate, particularly through shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. But, it also serves a much deeper social function.

What the 'Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful' Meme Really Means

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Marcia Dawkins

As a professor and author who studies diversity and communication, not to mention a multiracial individual and future parent, I'm interested mostly in what's hiding behind questions like "what are you, exactly?"

Brown Girl Passing for a White Guy

Rolla Selbak | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rolla Selbak

Let me be clear. I do not look like a guy. At all. No one would ever mistake me for one on the street. But somehow, I find myself the only female in a room full of guys, talking about women as if I'm not there.

We're All a Little Bit Country

Jane Pak | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Jane Pak

Nearly 20 years later, most of my iTunes is still country music, my extended family is all from Tennessee and I work for the most brilliant cowboy boot company on the planet, and yes, I still know every single word to "Sold."

A Future Look at Spa Training

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 10.02.2013 | Style
Linda Harding-Bond

To meet today's environment, esthetic schools need to adjust their curriculum from a European perspective to one that includes ethnic skin.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Arab Americans Making Progress

James Zogby | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
James Zogby

Back in the 1970s, there really wasn't much of an Arab American community. Most people of Arabic descent didn't even identify as "Arab American." The Washington I see today is dramatically different from the city I came to 35 years ago.

Our Naked Lives: Essays From Gay Italian American Men

Michael Carosone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.

After Boston Bombings: 3 Reasons Why Cross-Cultural Exchanges Are More Important Than Ever

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Rohit Kumar

In times like these, it is more important than ever for Americans from all possible hyphenations to understand each other better by building new relationships. We need cross-cultural exchanges among ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups that normally don't mix.

Why Preserving Ancestral Languages Is Key for Uplifting Immigrant American Communities

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Rohit Kumar

I think that when you know your ancestral language, you can fully understand your culture. You can see that in many spheres, your culture possesses profound wisdom and insight.

How the Local Food Movement Is Transforming Race Relations in America

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Rohit Kumar

My suburban street is a picture of American diversity. Nine ethnicities from around the world inhabit this residential area: blacks, whites, Hispanics...

"I Love My Culture and My People"

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Loving my fellow Americans doesn't mean I feel negatively toward people from other countries, and it doesn't mean I think America is perfect. I'm fully aware of this country's strengths and its flaws.

The Librotraficante Creed: A Poem

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Latino Voices

Celebrate National Poetry Month Read poems. Write Poems. Defend freedom of speech & critical thinking. Work By Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante...

Judge Me Not By the Texture of My Hair But By the Content of My Character

Damona Hoffman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Damona Hoffman

When I was born with a caramel hue and a head full of dark, wavy hair, my mother proclaimed, "My prayers were answered. You got the long hair like Betty.

Riding Race

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.14.2013 | San Francisco
Frank H. Wu

I would like to share a little story about race. It is nothing and everything, merely an incident neither inconsequential nor unique.