Written by Sarah Chang // “Sarah, have you ever been treated differently because you look different?” This question caught me off guard. Two of my coworkers and I were sitting around the kitchen table at work, sipping coffee during our break, when one of them asked this question. I responded with a “yes” and … Continue reading Looking Different: Sharing Stories of Pain
Written by George Ramirez // At this point in my life, I find myself using social media instinctively. Whenever there’s a free moment, I get on Facebook. If I’m bored, I’ll check my Instagram. Frankly, when I want to let the world know I have a free moment or that I’m bored, I tweet it … Continue reading Representing Race and Culture in Media & Social Media
Written by Kalei Hosaka // Anand was the kind of person who could challenge the world's darkest cynicism. Despite having lived with HIV for essentially his entire life, Anand found ways to joyfully inspire others—not least his peers also living with HIV. Anand found ways to bring hope into a community that had lost sight of it it. … Continue reading Medicine & Compassionate Care
Written by Chris Keil // I am seated with new friends and acquaintances in a small main room of a small home in Ethiopia. A wonderful mix of smells swirls around the group as we chat about family, professional projects, and world affairs. The fragrance of burning eucalyptus charcoal and incense permeates the space. Soon, … Continue reading Ritual & Risks in Ethiopian Coffee Ceremonies
Written by Alex & Lynn Jones // “Alex, why do you live in the ‘hood?” my incredulous cousin asked during our (Alex and Lynn) wedding weekend. We graduated from college with a strong sense of intentionality: We moved with several of our friends to Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood to continue exploring themes of race, justice, … Continue reading Should We Stay or Should We Go?