Conversation: Election 2016

November 26, 2016

“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.” -Charlie Chaplin

We, as Americans, have lost the way. That is the unavoidable truth. This election cycle highlights that. To put it simply, there is a disconnect in this country that cannot easily be bridged. While millions celebrate the success of Donald Trump...

November 7, 2016

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It is frightening and hard to imagine that there will be a new president in the next week, especially since one candidate is a misogynistic egomaniac and the other withheld emails that concerned the safety of the American people. However, what is more alarming is the fact that, according to NASA, carbon di...

November 6, 2016

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In November of 2008, a 47 year old man, with bright eyes glistening with unadorned appreciation and a youthful face teeming with the abrupt, unconceivable moment felt by all Americans, one that cannot be forgotten in the collective memory of this union. This moment astonished and persevered; broke a norm and revived something latent underneath the American surface. Barack Obama, the soft-eye...

At this point in the American election season, we’ve undoubtedly all seen it- blaring statistics lighting up the screen of the TV; patriotically hued posters in the periphery of our subway ride home; the peeling “I Voted Today” stickers on passing shirts in the wake of the preliminary rounds. The right to vote is quite possibly the foremost attribute to the American government system, something akin to the opening notes of the...

October 29, 2016

A couple of nights ago, I had the opportunity to attend the last Oregon Governor live debate in the KGW studios and meet Kate Brown, the current Oregon Governor. While sitting in the audience, I got this nagging feeling that bothered me for the entire hour. I couldn’t help but admit to myself that this experience was the singular moment of the November 2016 election season that stood out to me the most, more than the president...

September 26, 2016

240 years later on, and our Founding Fathers would be overwrought in utter disbelief. The very liberators who ingeniously fought the monarchs of England to free the oppressed thirteen colonies that would go on to constitute the United States of America, would upon witnessing the burgeoning discord in our nation’s politics of late, be at a loss for words. How did we get here? What happened? What does this mean for the future? H...

Richard Armitage, adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Henry Paulson, treasury secretary; Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesperson. Such names comprise the concise list of big-name Republicans who have endorsed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, over the highly contentious presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Yet, disconcertingly, the list does not seem to be growin...

August 3, 2016

Last month, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the great American summer as well as an even more valuable insight into the American people’s visceral fear of Asia. 

At a recent summer program I attended, I could not help but notice the multitude of lectures and discussions devoted to Asia, or in particular, China’s rise. There was heated discussions over whether China was a force for good, over China’s gro...

It began with post-World War I Germany; a period marked by out-of-control inflation, few jobs, and a bruised ego. Those who could see no end to the disaster needed a scapegoat and that was the German Jewish population. The NSDAP Party, known as the Nazi Party, won a sizable portion of the vote in 1932 and from there, the rest is a confusing but extremely xenophobic path to 1945. 


Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s recent...

I have never been prouder to be a Democrat and an American.

That view is pretty controversial. Many people might not feel the same way, and this post is probably going to receive a fair amount of backlash (I'm ready for it!!). But what I heard these past four days represents a vision for America that is realistic, optimistic, and true to the ideals that our previous Founding Fathers have established. I say "previous" because, j...

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