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Another anime remake gets whitewashed

Another anime remake gets whitewashed
March 7, 2018

“Alita: Battle Angel” lacks ethnic representation Anime and manga remakes are difficult for me to watch. Japan, where anime and manga are from, does a good job of portraying and casting characters...

‘Coco’ is the movie we’ve been waiting for

‘Coco’ is the movie we've been waiting for
February 14, 2018

Pixar does it again! They’ve produced another award-winning tear-jerker with their latest release of “Coco” in November 2017, which recently won a whopping 11 trophies at the 45th Annie Awards, an...

Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?

Kanye or Shakespeare: Who is more relevant?
December 8, 2017

Kanye Omari West is a larger than life global figure in pop culture. West has won 21 Grammys, released seven platinum solo albums and designed shoes for Louis Vuitton, Nike and Adidas. He made Taylor Swift...

Wriaunna Brown

Wriaunna Brown
August 27, 2017

The dogs of Havana Walking through the worn cobble streets of Old Havana, there lies a city filled with a deep rooted history that’s often misunderstood. Cuban culture is so dominant, that it presents...

Rebecca Esparza

Rebecca Esparza
August 27, 2017

Family makes the world go round Red, blue and orange vacant buildings, rusted cars and garbage are what I continued to see as I walked through Havana. I kept seeing lightning and hearing thunder, hoping...

Kali Persall

Kali Persall
August 27, 2017

The garbage revolution The warm water, palm trees and crystal-white sand of the Santa Maria beach were everything I pictured when I used to think of Cuba, a picturesque island in the Caribbean. However,...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta
August 23, 2017

Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent...

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists

Dining overseas has its challenges for tourists
July 12, 2017

You can tell a lot about a culture by observing its mealtime rituals. In America, convenience and efficiency are prioritized over both quality of food and togetherness. In Cuba, the process is much slower...

Somewhere over this rainbow

Somewhere over this rainbow
July 5, 2017

At the risk of fulfilling the stereotype, lately I’ve found myself identifying with the great Judy Garland in wishing that I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, was somewhere over the rainbow. By ‘rainbow,’...

May is month to honor Asian Pacific Islanders

May is month to honor Asian Pacific Islanders
May 24, 2017

Earlier this month, when our family celebrated Mother’s Day, my mother chose a Korean BBQ place to have our family dinner. She would never pick Korean BBQ on her own, but chose it to please my brother,...

Downtown Hayward hosts Cinco De Mayo festivities

Downtown Hayward hosts Cinco De Mayo festivities
May 10, 2017

Several local ‘Ballet Folklórico’ companies, made up mostly of children dressed in colorful, intricate costumes, were the focal point of Hayward’s Cinco de Mayo Festival last Saturday. “I feel...

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