Asian communities around the world are being scapegoated resulting in the rise of hate crimes.

The uptick in hate crimes against ESEA (East and Southeast Asian) Americans is likely to have increased when former President Trump wrongfully labeled the coronavirus as the ‘china’ and ‘Kung fu’ virus. And this likely has a ripple effect on hate crimes of Asian descent worldwide.

As the founder of the Asian Australian Alliance, Erin Wen Ai Chew told the Times, “What happens in America tends to replicate itself in its own way in Australia.”

I believe it’s this same narrative that has resulted in…


#Unfair And Lovely

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Don’t stay in the sun too long.

I’ve heard variations like this throughout my life, but the message was clear, the fairer you are the more beautiful you are. I internalized this.

Whenever I went to the shopping center with my mom and grandma, I begged my mom to get me fair and lovely products. Fair and lovely is a skin bleaching cream to get your skin fairer.

Many Indian actresses in Bollywood are endorsers of Fair and Lovely products. Skin lighting products are a multibillion industry; meaning so many Indian women felt that fair skin equates to beauty.

Each…


Criminal Prosecution Must Be Next for The Sake of Democracy

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Following the acquittal of former President Trump on February 13th, there are clear winners and losers.

For starters, Donald Trump won. The white supremacists won. And Trump enablers won.

But with the acquittal of Mr. Trump, democracy lost, our constitutional institution lost, America has lost.

But it doesn’t have to stay this way.

The Senate should have voted to convict former president Donald J. Trump. It’s appalling that he was not.

I firmly believe Donald Trump was behind the insurrection. Now, of course, the rioters could have chosen not to rampage the Capitol. Still, it is undeniable that Mr. …


Guaranteed income is a hand-up not a hand-out

Lorrine Paradela, 45, poses for a portrait in Stockton, Calif. (Yalonda M. James / The Chronicle 2019)

43.5 million Americans live below the poverty line, according to an article published by USA Today.

It is atrocious that in one of the world’s wealthiest countries — where Jeff Bezos can be a billionaire — that so many Americans cannot afford basic necessities, like shelter, affordable healthcare and food.

We may all be struggling during the pandemic, but low-income families are left more vulnerable in this crippling economy. Low-income households deserve a guaranteed basic income monthly unconditional cash payments with no strings attached, especially if they live below the poverty line. …


Image: Migrant Caravan: Thousands Move Into Guatemala, Hoping To Reach U.S., NPR.org

In the weeks leading up to president Joe Biden’s inauguration, thousands of Hondurans, in a desperate plea to escape their poverty-stricken, violence-ridden, and hurricane tormented country, attempted to make their way through Guatemalan and Mexican borders in the hopes of a better life in America.

In his presidential campaign trail, former President-elect Biden proclaimed that the United States and Central America are “bound together not just by proximity, but by our shared history and values, and the deeply rooted connections of family and friends that inextricably link our futures.”

The previous administration blatantly disregarded these shared values while dehumanizing the…


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Oprah Winfrey once said, “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”

I must admit I am an Oprah fan, so it pains me to say this, but Oprah was wrong about confidence. Why? Because confidence is overrated.

If you are continually waiting to have confidence before taking the next step, then contrary to what Oprah said, you won’t be looking for new adventures. Nine times out of 10, you’ll be stuck on ground zero.

Oxford dictionary defines self-confidence as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment…


No Time Management Is Not Enough: Tips From The Productivity Project By Chris Bailey

How productive are you? It is a simple question with no simple answer. Many people measure their productivity level solely based on getting things done in a shorter amount of time.

I thought this too until I read The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey *affiliate link. There are actually two other factors that are involved in enhancing your productivity, energy, and attention.

https://alifeofproductivity.com/100-time-energy-attention-hacks-will-make-productive/

Take a moment and reflect on your schooling days. The seemingly never-ending assignments, the stresses, oh and let’s not forget procrastination.

Even times when we do not procrastinate, life decides to throw us a hardball. If you were…


You Create Your Own Reality

I recently read a book called You are a Badass *affiliate link* By Jen Sincero. It is an eye-opening book that provides insights on how to live life to the fullest. Here’s 5 Takeaways from You are a Badass.

1. “You create your own reality.”

We are the protagonists of our own life story. Unlike stories, we do not get a sequel. It’s up to us how our stories play out. Live life to the fullest. Create a reality that you will be proud of. Life may throw curve balls from time to time; don’t let it deter you from living the life you deserve.

2. “If you base your self-worth on what everyone else thinks of you, you hand all your power over to other people and become dependent on a source outside of yourself for validation.”


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One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you are going through now, and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.

Ehraz Ahmed

Everything was going perfectly. I studied hard, got the grades. I was a junior in high school, only one more year before graduating and starting college. I couldn’t wait to start college.

But most of all, I was just an average and happy 16-year-old. But that changed so suddenly-and what happened to little 16 years old changed the trajectory of my life forever.

One day after walking to Starbucks hauling my…


Strive for a better new normal

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When will things go back to normal?

During this pandemic, I’ve heard this question a lot. I’ve also wondered this myself. But the pandemic has also made me question whether life before covid was even normal? And can we create a better normal?

Covid19 has magnified preexisting injustices. So many people are without sick leave, affordable healthcare, and a livable wage. I think the goal should not be to return to normal but to strive for a better normal.

Because to return to life pre covid would ensure that the mechanisms of oppression keep turning. And we can’t let this…

Tara Abraham

I am a social empowerment blogger/speaker. Check out my website at taratakeson.com

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