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Silent Gun

The following piece first appeared on the Carleton website after the author won last year’s Travel Writing Contest. ————– July 18, 2014 7:00PM, Sea Empress Seafood Restaurant, LA My father was excited to be chatting with two police officers, Mr. Sonny Patsenhann and his partner, about Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan,…

Let’s start the conversation… or not?

We’ve all seen it before. Social media posts discussing taboo subjects such as privilege, oppression, abuse. The colorful post will read “How to have meaningful conversations on racial inequality”, “Talk to your kids about mental health issues”, or “Let’s start the conversation on abuse.” It’s unlikely that you’ll find this…

Racism, classism, sexism and the lore of Asian Americana

You’ve heard of it by now: On March 16, eight people—including six women of Asian descent—were murdered in a mass shooting across several Atlanta spas. The immediate aftermath was whiplash drenched in ripened unease.  In the year prior to the shooting, there had been a steady trickle of alarm regarding…

To sweep the glass no more

This piece is written on behalf of Asian Students in America (ASIA) at Carleton. There is a story that comedian Hasan Minhaj recounts in his standup special, Homecoming King, where he remembers his family’s car windows being smashed in the days after 9/11. He described the image of his father…

How to address vaccine reluctance

Last weekend, I turned twenty—a sort-of-big birthday but very bittersweet. I was grateful to spend the day with loved ones, to be healthy, to have happiness, to be able to celebrate at all. But there was also sadness: I turned 19 three weeks after the country shut down in March…

A case for gun control

Nowhere in the world is gun control more controversial than in the U.S. It is the only Higher Income Nation (HIN) in which mass murders committed with guns are so frequent that the vast majority of them never even reach the mainstream media. Those that are horrific enough to ensnare…

I’ll pick your major if you pick mine

As of the time of writing, there is a month and some until the Class of 2023 has to officially declare a major. I find that this deadline is an interesting one, not because of what it is, but because of the differing emotions sophomores feel towards it: anxiety, worry,…

Why your inability to choose a major is your greatest strength

I am a sophomore whose major changes every hour of every day. I have bounced between everything from CAMS to political science, history to art history, and biology to French (fun fact: I’ve never taken a biology class at Carleton). The only thing that comforts me when I wallow in…

Retreat and advance

Noboru Tomonari is the Chair of Asian Languages and Professor of Japanese. “My firm belief is that the only thing we have to fear . . . is the fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” These are the famous words…

Five grocery stores in Trondheim

Content warning: eating disorders. This piece was written for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2021. When I studied abroad in Trondheim, Norway the fall of my junior year, there were five grocery stores within a 15 minute walk from my student village. There was Kiwi, where they made all the…