• Hanna Rashidi

    heritage speaker

    trying to articulate my korean-ness

    April 5, 2019
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    Before preschool, I didn’t know any English. I could only parrot the things adults said to me. Bye-bye, sweetheart. See you later. I could say yes and no without knowing what I was agreeing or disagreeing with. All I understood and spoke was Korean. Then I started preschool—a Korean-only toddler thrown into an English-only environment. […]

    blueno the transfer student

    reflections on “untitled (lamp/bear)” and the transfer student experience

    March 22, 2019
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    As a result of my upbringing, I’m fairly fond of bears. Being a native Californian and a former UCLA Bruin, it’s almost part of the job description. My childhood was marked by the grizzly proudly flying on the California flag and speckled with several frightening encounters with the real thing at Yosemite. However, there is […]

    ascending through the clouds

    life, learning, and how to train your dragon

    February 22, 2019
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    The opening line of the first How to Train Your Dragon book is, “There were dragons when I was a boy.” There’s no warning—just the fact that there were dragons once, and then they were gone. As my official entrance to the HTTYD universe, this was an unpleasant jolt. What do you mean the dragons […]