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Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt Disappeared 50 Years Ago Today

“I know this beach like the back of my hand”. Those words were one of the last spoken by Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt before he vanished while going for a swim off of the shore of Cheviot Beach fifty years ago today. Hearing that an all-around-the-world-sailor would be arriving on the bay located near his holiday house, the Prime Minister, accompanied by his old friend Majoria Gillespie and house guests, decided to head down

Asia

10-Year Old Boy Injured From U.S. Helicopter Window in Okinawa

The U.S. military and Okinawa have always had a rough relationship, ever since the occupation of Japan in 1945. However, just recently on December 13, a transport helicopter lost its window when it was flying overhead Daini Futenma Elementary School in Okinawa. This incident lead to Gov. Takeshi Onega’s response later on: “It is unforgivable that it dropped in the middle of the playground” Because of this unfortunate incident, past concerns about other incidents will

Race

The Truth About Being Middle Eastern in Today’s America

I am an Iranian-American. To say that I am solely an American or only an Iranian, would create an emptiness within me that I could not stand to bear. I am an Iranian-American, and I am a child of immigrants. I have the features of an Iranian, tan and dark, but the speech of an American, choppy and to the point, hinting to my roots of being raised on the outskirts of New York City.

Rohingya Refugees Walk the Bangladesh-Myanmar border
International

73,000+ Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar Due to Ethnic Cleansing

The Rohingya are an ethnoreligious minority of about 1.1 million living in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Although Myanmar recognizes over 130 official ethnic groups, the Rohingya are not one of them. This has rendered them stateless for decades. Statelessness has been a huge problem in recent years; most people have undoubtedly heard the term in reference to the Syrian refugee crisis. Stateless peoples are not considered citizens by any

Race

The World’s Obsession With White Skin

Around the world, millions of women are turning to skin whitening products in order to have fairer skin. Either from Africa or Asia, these women all have one goal: To have white skin. Skin whitening isn’t new in today’s society;  the world’s obsession with whitening skin can be dated back to the Elizabethan age. During that time, people utilized powder or paint in order to have ideal white features. Today, many countries in Asia and

Race

5 Asian Americans Who Are Taking Over the Media

With every passing year, the U.S. increases in its diversity and the “melting pot” that is immigrant culture continues to enrich every aspect of American life; unfortunately, there are many Americans who refuse to appreciate the contributions of those who come from a different backgrounds, still the negativity of such people is but an obstacle. Asian Americans played a pivotal role in connecting the vast nation with railroads in the 19th century despite the hostility

Feminism

“My Body Is Not Vulgar”: Kyrgyz President’s Daughter Shamed for Breastfeeding

Aliya Shagieva’s Instagram feed shows the calming and peaceful side to parenthood, with images of her pet cats, artwork and young family against the beautiful landscapes of Kyrgyzstan.  However, not everyone sees the beauty in her photos. Aliya, daughter to Almazbek Atambayev — the Kyrgyz president — faced backlash online after posting photos of her breastfeeding her newborn son, Tagir, with the caption “I will feel my son whenever and wherever he needs to be fed”.

Real Life

It’s Time To Stop Being Ashamed of Our Backgrounds

I am Bangladeshi-American. And the thing is, I love being Bangladeshi-American. But I wasn’t always so embracing of my ethnicity and background. There were times in my life when I wanted to be another ethnicity — when I didn’t completely appreciate being Bangladeshi. But as I grew, I became happier with who I was. I started to love wearing cultural clothing, I liked speaking Bangla (Bengali) more, and I fell in love with the country.

Real Life

Update: Kidnapping is Linked to an Online “Perfect Abduction Fantasy” Page

Ying Ying Zhang, an exchange student from China who came to the U.S. to study at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017. She was running late to a meeting with her housing manager and is seen on video surveillance attempting to catch a bus. After failing to find a ride, a black Saturn Astra passes Zhang before circling back around. The driver appears to incite a conversation

Asia

We Need To Address the Hardest Exam in the World: the Chinese Gaokao

Every year, Chinese Seniors in high school are tested on what they’ve learned throughout their schooling by an intense test called the National Higher Education Entrance Examination or “Gaokao”. The test orginated in 1982 and is much like the SAT or ACT in the sense it’s a prerequisite into college; however, the Gaokao only occurs once a year, so if a student fails, they must wait an entire year for the opportunity to take it again.

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