What I Think About Cultural Appropriation

“Do you want a bindi?” The girl who asks me blinks with her synthetic rainbow falsies. I’m at a tapas bar in England, shimmying to reggaeton beneath a canopy of upside-down sombreros. “Sure!” I shout back. The girl—a white English girl—untacks a gemstone from her paper and presses it against my forehead. There. A bindi. Looking back, I wonder now: did she know what a … Continue reading What I Think About Cultural Appropriation

What Living in England Taught Me

“If you want to show your English friends that you’re trying to embrace the culture, here’s what you do…” The speaker at international students’ orientation pauses for dramatic effect. We lean forward and she says: “Have a drink in your hand.” When I moved to England, I wanted to acclimate to the culture. Looking back, I now know that a country’s culture is a moving … Continue reading What Living in England Taught Me

What To Do When You Are Unemployed

So what do you do when you’re unemployed? First of all, you cry about being a FAILURE. Okay, seriously, on a more optimistic note, it’s not fun being unemployed but that doesn’t mean that you have failed or that there is nothing that you can do. Just for context, I have job-searching for awhile now. Since then, I have learned few tips and tricks to keep myself … Continue reading What To Do When You Are Unemployed

Why Most of Your Growth is Not Visible

“I must tell you a great truth, Much-Afraid, which only a few understand. All of the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories, and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can dimly guess at… Some of my servants have indeed won great visible victories and are rightly loved and reverenced by other men, but … Continue reading Why Most of Your Growth is Not Visible