Doris Liou

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Women can hold up half the sky

Translating Chinese Feminism

I am fourteen years old, and I am visiting China for the first time in twelve years. A murky yellow light floods the train car, and I step gingerly down the narrow walkway, contorting my body to avoid the occasional jutted elbow. The train speeds through the countryside, and each time it dips into a…

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Salads ‘n’ Stuff

An inquiry into salads

Traditional Salad Bar This is your average salad bar. It’s fine. The official recommended system is to get a to-go box, add all your ingredients and dressing, then shake it like you’re listening to OutKast in 7th grade. If this sounds like your type of lunch, this is the right salad bar for you. Mediterranean…

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Hair

navigating hair as an indian-canadian woman

I am seven years old, sitting in the car next to one of my family friends. The light from the street lamps occasionally flits into the dark car, illuminating parts of our skin. “Look at my arms,” she tells me. Through the dimmed glow of fluorescent yellow light, I catch a glimpse of her tanned…

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Asian American Slackers

The model minority myth is a pain in the ass. Living with the pervasive misconception that Asians are submissive, assiduous, SAT-acing geniuses is enough strife, especially since the myth reinforces the denigration of Black and Latino Americans. Seeing this one-dimensional caricature of overachiever Asian Americans in pop culture adds insult to injury. With shows like…

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song to song

the case for movie scores

I get a fair share of funny looks when I say my favorite song of all time is “Test Drive” from the How To Train Your Dragon score. It’s a far cry from the genres typically associated with one’s favorite music, but something about this John Powell masterpiece struck me the first time I heard…