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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 in the election, millions of others feel lost and confused, with thousands of them have taken to the streets to protest. Liberals cry out at what they feel is a “sexist, racist, homophobic, incredibly ignorant” group of American voters. But that misunderstanding is part of what cost them the election. When Donald Trump labelled Mexicans as people bringing drugs, bringing crime, as rapists, the nation cried out. Yet when people categorize the entirety of Trump voters as racist, homophobic, sexist, and ignorant, there is very little comment.

I am not saying Trump’s...

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 dioxide emissions are up 404.42 parts per million, land ice is decreasing 281 gigatonnes per year, and sea levels are increasing 3.4 millimeters per year. Climate change is a pressing threat to the entire world, and the next president of the United States will have substantial power over America’s role in climate change.

Historically, the Democratic party has been more proactive in the urgency of fighting climate change than the Republican party, mostly due to the fact that more democrats believe in climate change than republicans. As we can see in this election, Hi...

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-eyed, grinning senator from Chicago, wore a dark suit as he stood on stage, addressing the movement alive and emotional before him. Barack Obama had just won the presidential election, and was the first black man, and person, to do so. It is a moment we cannot reject as irrelevant to the crooked, bloodied tapestry of American history. The moment that yes we can shapeshifted into a fragile reality rather than a far-off pipe dream.

The year is now 2016, and we are in an election just as remarkable, but for most of us, in a far more negative way. The majority of America...

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 national anthem. And yet, time after time we are met with devastatingly low voter percentages following the presidential elections; according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, only 57.5% of Americans came out to vote in the 2012 election, down from 62.3% in 2008. While throughout its existence, the United States has only boasted on average a roughly 65% voter turnout, in today’s society it is mind-boggling to hear the seemingly indifferent attitudes of the American public. This is especially interesting when put into the perspective of how much more access to cand...

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 presidential debates or the stream of analysis delivered by political pundits about partisanship that has been flooding my newsfeed since this summer. I found myself profoundly inspired. As difficult as it was to admit, the fanfare of the election was not quite as exciting as this local debate.

The level of political discourse at this debate was a refreshing reminder of what representative democracy has the potential to be at its best. Both candidates touched on true policy positions and highlighted the significance of state level legislation, from Measure 97, a corporate t...

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? How will we ever clean up this mess? These are the types of questions that would not only be pondered by our Founding Fathers had they been alive to witness America as it is today, but more importantly, are the same questions being asked by millions of dissatisfied Americans, who stare at today’s political tug-of-war between the right and the left in complete bafflement.

Our current political spectrum no longer consists of rightist or leftist beliefs; nor do voters consider principles or values when election season comes around. Instead, an increasingly larger fact...

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 growing fast enough. Plenty of prominent Republicans have publicly condemned the ways of Trump’s controversial nature, but only few have acted further in not plainly endorsing the businessman and reality television star host. Some have vaguely stated they would endorse whomever the Republican nominee is, avoiding a direct endorsement of Trump himself, to support the democracy that should ultimately underlie American political elections, especially presidential ones. Others, like former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, favor a...

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 growing economic clout, and over whether China’s rise really did signal the death knell for American manufacturing. Listening in and contributing to all these debates as an interested foreigner, I struggled to understand why another viable alternative was not being considered; a world where America embraced Asia, and where Asia embraced America. 

I was raised in the tiny city-state of Singapore, a city at the crossroads of East and West. I’m ethnically Chinese and grew up attending historically Chinese-medium schools. Yet my family background meant that English was...

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 ability to attract new, elusive or Democratic voters with blatantly racist policies, particularly concerning Muslims, cannot be compared analogously to the Nazi’s rise to power. However, it can explain why his Islamophobic comments are so attractive to the working class in particular and why they cannot be ignored. 


The Financial Crisis from 2008-2009 and the 9/11 Attacks define the American public’s view of the world. People now read labels that say, ‘Made in China’ and see America’s lack of self-sufficiency. They behold a world no longer strong like it was in Wo...

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, just as the Democratic Party expressed, we are all Founding Mothers and Fathers in our own right. Every American who contributes to their community and loves their country is a "Founding American" because America is always being reshaped, always progressing, always adapting to circumstances. Abraham Lincoln was a Founding Father. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were Founding Mothers. Andrew Carnegie, William Jennings Bryan, Teddy Roosevelt, Terence Powderly, Dorothea Dix--they were all Founding Fathers and Mothers. So were Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King...

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