Category: Voices from our Youth

Kiet’s pieces….

1.  Excuses, excuses. Sometimes life gets the best of me. Timeless phases littered on the floor before my enemy. Who’s to blame? Failed attempts to find a remedy to this pain. Who’s fault is it? As our oxygen supply slowly eats away bit by bit. Lungs are blackened by the filth that I’m breathing. Polluted…
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December 22, 2011 0

Caitlyn Cavan: Standard of Beauty

The standard of beauty is all about being skinny, having perfect skin, long legs, weighing a certain weight, and having the right proportions…the list goes on. I read a blog that an Asian woman wrote that described her struggles with being a tall and curvy woman in a family where Asian beauty standards are highly…
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December 22, 2011 0

A response by Leslie Chareunsab on “More Asian-Americans NOT ticking ‘Asian’ on college applications in bid for easier admission rate”

NOT ASIAN: Are you really? Recently I read an article that talks about how Asians are discriminated in the college admissions process. The first time I read this I instantly felt anger because I believe that it is totally wrong and it very much insults me being an Asian American student. This article only mentions…
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December 22, 2011 0

Grassroots according to Nancy Truong

Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa is a nonprofit community based organization working towards eliminating every form of violence, such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Community based organization is not just simply about your location or the status of Monsoon. A community based organization means being about the community; such as community-identified, community-motivated, community…
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November 3, 2011 0

All about Work by Cody Soulinthavong

I work for Monsoon a community based non-profit organization. Working for Monsoon is a very special experience. Working for any community based organization is a great opportunity. It is not an ordinary job that a teenager would get. Most teenagers get jobs at fast food stores or clothing stores. At Monsoon we don’t have to…
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November 3, 2011 0

Yao Ming by Cody Soulinthavong

Yao Ming was the first superstar Asian basketball player in the N.B.A. He put Asian-American basketball players on the map for us. Yao Ming weighs in at three hundred and ten pounds. He also stands at an amazing seven foot six, making the tallest player ever to set foot in the N.B.A. The giant was…
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November 3, 2011 0

All about Love by Caitlyn Kavan

I believe that everyone has a soul mate and that love is a bond that is built between two people. I believe that every girl deserves a gentleman and every guy deserves a lady. I am what you call a hopeless romantic. I like to day dream about my wedding day and how I will…
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November 3, 2011 0

A Poem by Kiet Le

Enraptured by the aroma of your departing perfume, my fingers trace the outline of where you used to be. Words lie buried beneath the falling debris of the foundation we built together. Captions of a lost love encased within a blank shell are fired; pulled by your trigger happy tongue. These bullets, rusted with age,…
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October 31, 2011 0

Thoughts of Caitlyn Kavan

We are the 99% The buzz about the, now chaotic protests, is making the front cover of numerous newspapers and the top story of multiple news channels across the nation. Occupy WallStreet is an example of people coming together and making a move for a change in the economic system. I remember when the protests…
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October 31, 2011 0

Pop Culture by Brandon Ung

Everything we see, hear, do, and immerse ourselves in in our everyday lives affects us so much on a subconscious level. The television we watch, the music we listen to, the books we read, and even the clothes we wear, they all affect our morals and beliefs as we live and grow. As an avid…
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October 29, 2011 0
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