When I saw the Asian cop standing there, I wanted to shout to him through my screen, “do something, anything…”

I’m concerned that the presence of the Asian cop may complicate the case for the general public, especially for the Asian community. Will the Asian cop be used to make the racism exhibited more acceptable?

I can’t speak about how it feels to be Black while watching George Floyd be killed, but I can speak about being Asian while watching.

Asian Americans are often called the “model minority” in the U.S. The system has coined this term to feed into…


I’ve been fortunate to have traveled extensively over the past few years. Traveling, often alone, to various cities throughout Europe, Latin America, North America, North Africa, and Asia, I chose to stay in hostels nearly every trip. They provided me with shelter, comfort, food (sometimes), and most importantly — new people to meet.

Rotterdam — still dream about this hostel.

What is a hostel?

Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory-style facility, and share a bathroom, lounge, and often a kitchen. Wikipedia

Hostel stigma in the US.

In the US, there is an unfortunate stigma when it comes to hostels. The idea of sharing a…

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