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I love you anyway, Dad… even if I don’t think you’re perfect

In West Virginia, July 1908, Grace Golden Clayton created the concept of honoring everything a father has done for his family. This tradition was a tribute to all the fathers who died in the Monongah Mining Disaster, which happened in West Virginia on Dec 6, 1907. An explosion killed hundreds of workers, making it, at …

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A tribute to my Mother

My mother, like a lot of second-generation Tsinoys, was raised in a very conservative Chinese household, where one of the basic tenets of Neo-Confucian philosophy is absolute obedience to one’s parents. My mother, a dutiful daughter, followed this tradition, though it is one that was observed willingly. It is tradition after all, and to her …

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I can write my name

Last May 28, singer-songwriter Will Jay (劉偉男), whose birth month coincides with Tulay’s 31st anniversary, released a new song entitled, “I Can Only Write My Name.” The song is in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Month. As an avid fan of Jay’s music, I quickly looked up the song. Though I personally love his …

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From memes to dreams: Subtle Asian Traits and Asian Creative Network

I remember when I was first added to Subtle Asian Traits, a popular meme-sharing group for second-third generation Asians (children of immigrants or kids of those kids), in the middle of the semester, I couldn’t stop laughing as I scrolled down my feed for about half an hour. In this group, members share relatable funny …

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Werpa

Werpa (pangalan), isang bagong slang na bokabularyo. Ito ang kabaligtiran ng “power” sa Ingles. Ang “Werpa” ay portfolio ng mga sinulat ko para sa kursong Filipino sa Piling Larangan sa unang semestre ng ika-11 baitang. Hindi naging madali ang pagsulat ng mga sanaysay para sa portfolio na ito. Kinailangan ko ng lakas at sikap sa …

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