Race: an (Adopted) Asian-American's Perspective

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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I was adopted from China at 8 months old. Growing up in a predominantly Irish-Catholic town in the United States, I always knew I was different from my classmates, even in elementary school. It wasn't until middle and high school that I actually experienced the negative effects of stereotypes and racism. Kids would make fun of my physical features--mostly my smaller eyes and round face--and they would make me feel ashamed of being Asian. Even worse, I felt discouraged from doing well in school b...


An Ode to Chopin's Nocturne No. 20

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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I sink into a dream where I love bravely, and I am loved in return. In Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20, this dream unfolds into reality. I am drawn in by the piece’s meditative lull when I play the opening bars. The melody is hauntingly beautiful. My impulses to question and observe are halted temporarily as I become immersed in the nocturne’s splendor and resonance. The richness of the harmonies provides a break from the continuum as I exchange analyzing for feeling. When my fingers trace the expanse...


E-Waste and How We Can Make A Change

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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An increasingly relevant issue in a society obsessed with sleek technologies is the fate of our electronic waste. Corporations blindly neglect the consequences of shipping discarded products to recyclers and brokers, who often sell the materials to developing countries. In these nations, environmental and work conditions are loosely regulated, leading to the large-scale exploitation of workers. E-waste has a potent impact on human lives and our Earth, prompting issues that abuse the dignity of h...


The Problem: Multinational Corporations

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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Globalization and the influx of multinational corporations into developing countries are detrimental to the well-being and dignity of their poor inhabitants. Multinational corporations only ostensibly improve the quality of life of the poor by providing them with accessible employment opportunities. To maximize corporate profitability, multinational corporations often neglect the morality of their work policies and their long-term impact on the poor in countries such as Honduras and Vietnam. The...


Silence is a Message, Too

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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“Should I step in? Yes, but it’s not really any of my business.” These words echo the thoughts of a witness to bullying. He or she is presented with a critical decision. No message sends a message to both the bully and the victim. To the victim, a bystander indirectly says that he or she does not care. This victim is clearly intimidated and may not be able to stand up for himself or herself. If this victim lacks courage and a voice, they will be even more hurt by the bully...


Dear Social Media, You Have Fooled Us

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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It’s human nature to desire acceptance and validation from our peers. So, we create Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Tinder accounts. A new follower symbolizes a victory for us. Someone alluring and unfamiliar is interested enough to keep up with the photos we post of ourselves, our friends, and various backdrops positioned to add mystique and glamour to our daily lives. Of course, we can’t forget about the effortlessly clever captions and the emojis we artfully position around each c...


Boxes

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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We fit into boxes. We are labeled “girl” or “boy.” We are then defined as “Asian,” “white,” “black,” “Christian,” “Jewish,” and “Muslim.” If the name game goes further, we are labeled “student,” “actor,” “musician,” “athlete,” or “writer.” We fit into boxes as cardboard folds on move-in day. We fit into boxes like pencils hovering over an identity information brief on a standardized test. We avoid the complexity and ambiguity of “all of the above” at all costs, our pens tracing an indefinite che...


Dragon Lady

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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“It must be the eyes of you people,” he says matter-of-factly, the words rolling seamlessly off his tongue. Toffee eyebrows frame rings of sea foam blue, perky eyelids, and a peaked, angular nose. He is beautiful. But his words echo in valleys and my mind swirls, flooded by a tsunami of turbulent thoughts. I’ve been silent and he glances over quizzically. How can he be so oblivious? I return his gaze with a jaded expression.Perhaps I should be flattered? He’s just enchanted by the chestnut appar...


Memory

تم نشرها دون صورة Jennifer Boyd , Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal

دون صورة Founder and President of The Space Between the Notes; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Onism Journal
Jennifer Boyd
عضو منذ ٢٢ أغسطس، ٢٠١٦
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Isn’t it tormenting? We are barred from the past, unable to go back in time to relive an experience or change our performance. We seldom abandon our memories. Instead, we generate billions of alternate scenarios, replaying each fantasy in an endless loop. Perhaps if I had earned a higher score on that exam, I would be somewhere different right now. Perhaps if I had known that was the last I would ever see of him, I would have acted differently. We cling to each postulation, each po...


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