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10 Things You Find at Every Korean Parent’s Home

The last time I visited my mother at her home in Virginia, I made an interesting observation. One morning we were sitting in the kitchen and talking. As she was making fresh kimchi and I was drinking coffee, our conversation was interrupted by the sound of beeping, and then by a Korean woman’s voice. I […]

On Being Raised by a Single Korean Mother

Every time that I get the urge to buy something, I think about the wise words that my mother told me years ago when I went off to college: “Credit cards are bad. Never use one unless it’s for an emergency.” At the time I thought that she was being a typical frugal Korean, but […]

The Race Card Project Resonates With Six Simple Words

Have you ever wanted to share your personal experiences with racism or educate others about your cultural identity, but weren’t quite sure how to do it? Do you think you could challenge yourself by expressing these thoughts in six simple words? Now you can, thanks to The Race Card Project. The Race Card Project was […]

Five Multicultural Artists You Should Check Out Now

One thing that is amazing about music is that it’s constantly evolving, just like we are, and every day we’re introduced to an array of new and diverse artists who want to share their passion with the world. True fans of music shouldn’t care if an artist is black or white, or sings rock or […]

A “Mixed” Bag of Laughs: My 5 Favorite Funny People of the Summer

I love to laugh. In my opinion, laughter is the perfect cure for a stressful day, a difficult breakup or bad news. Laughter is infectious, and it not only strengthens your body and mind, but also your spirit. Whether it’s a quiet chuckle or a guttural roar, laughter comes in many forms, just like the […]

Book Review: Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

One of my favorite parts from Mo’ Meta Blues, a memoir by The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, occurs about two-thirds of the way through the book. Questlove is talking about Things Fall Apart, the band’s fourth album, and one in which critics first began saying that the band wasn’t “black enough.” Questlove says: “I […]

10 Tasty Recipes That Include Kimchi

I was raised by a Korean mother, and that means there was one thing that we never ran out of in our household: kimchi. Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable side dish that Koreans have been eating for hundreds of years. It’s made from napa cabbage, radish or cucumber that is mixed with garlic, scallions, […]

Why NBC’s The Voice is the Perfect Example of a Mixed Nation

Although I’ve only been a fan of NBC’s “The Voice” for two seasons, I’m completely enamored of it. I went from merely liking the show to loving it because of this past week’s episode. What happened? Before one of Adam Levine’s team members performed, the show did a short video vignette about her. The performer […]

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