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Why does Tagalog & Spanish Sound Similar?

When I was in elementary school, my sister had a friend who would often come over to our house and play. Sometimes we would teach each other words from our respective home languages: our family was from El Salvador and hers was from the Philippines. One day, we became fascinated by the discovery that there […]

What Causes a Culture of Competition & Violence?

I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence. I was that kid in that apartment building whose mom was known as “that lady who gets beat by her husband”.  My first childhood memory is of my dad giving my mom a bloody nose and cops coming to our apartment to take my […]

Bayard Rustin: Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement

Most people know who Martin Luther King, Jr. is but not many are aware of the fundamental role that Bayard Rustin also played in the Civil Rights Movement. Being the conscious activist and educator he was, he dedicated his whole life to working for human rights and was in the trenches alongside Martin Luther King, […]

Free Trade vs. Fair Trade

We live in a diverse and interdependent world; what happens locally has global effects and vice versa. So, it is important to be aware of policies, even if it seems boring, because the truth is many of these policies impact our lives in very serious ways. The biggest problem with Free Trade is that it […]

20 year Sentence for Woman Defending Herself from an Abusive Husband

Why is Marissa Alexander facing 20 years in prison for defending herself from her abusive husband? He did not die, and Alexander did not shoot her attacker rather, Alexander fired a warning shot to prevent him from coming closer. That warning shot traveled through a wall and ceiling, but did not injure anyone. Furthermore, Alexander […]

Q&A with Nathalie Huerta, Owner of the Only LGBT Gym in the Nation

Interview with Nathalie Huerta, founder and owner of The Perfect Sidekick, the only LGBT gym in the nation, located in Oakland, CA. Mixed Nation: What made you passionate about starting a LGBT gym in Oakland, CA? Nathalie: Well, the LGBT part happened because I got tired of feeling weird going to the gym. For example, if […]

Culture Clash vs. Culture Shock

What exactly is the difference between these two types of cross-cultural exchanges? What are the similarities? We live in a nation more diverse than ever before. And as more and more people have the opportunity to interact with many different cultures via the Internet and traveling, culture clashes and culture shocks are inevitable. Indeed, there […]

Capoeira: A Resilient & Unique Martial Art

Although there were many disastrous consequences from colonization-which still have ripple effects on our society until this day- the human spirit is amazingly resilient. Approximately 3.5 million people were kidnapped from Africa and taken to Brazil during the 350 years of the slave trade. The Afro-Brazilian art form of Capoeira is an excellent example of […]

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