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By Grace, Not Shame

by Andrew Shi “I used every weapon and tactic I could think of. We worked right through dinner into the night, and I wouldn’t let Lulu get up, not for water, not even to go to the bathroom. The house became a war zone, and I lost my voice yelling, but still there seemed to be only negative progress, and even I began to have doubts.” The above quotation is from an excerpt in Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Ms. Chua, who earned the infamous title “Tiger… Read more By Grace, Not Shame

Your Worth is Not Your Own – Michael’s Testimony

by Michael Lee I remember (not too fondly) receiving my grades from Common Test 1 (CT1) back at Raffles Junior College (RJ) – abysmal would have been a good way to describe my performance. I remember going through a post-examination chemistry lectures where the teacher would release the results of the entire cohort. I would usually fall within the 10th to 20th percentile. Needless to say, I was never the brightest student around, and I would always be immensely discouraged when my peers started comparing their results. In this meritocratic society, I… Read more Your Worth is Not Your Own – Michael’s Testimony

Reflection

by Stephanie Cressler Folded on my Nana’s left thigh, back pressed into her breasts, my face lightens as my Nana outlines my features with her non acrylic, ruby red nails. As she divides my nose and swipes across my mustache line, I smell the polish solvents and feel calcium thickening her round filed nails. I close my eyes when she swoops up my cheekbones, around the frame of my face, to glide back down each eye, balancing her elongated fingers on their tips. Midway through my second eye, my Nana’s… Read more Reflection

Our Father

by Andrew Shi Prayer is wonderfully free and yet stupefies us in its simplicity. Where do I begin? What do I say? How do I say it in the right way? Quick—didn’t I promise recently to pray for someone? I feel a creeping sense of shame when I don’t pray long enough, or when I don’t feel anything happening in my prayer. I stumble in my speech, looking for that perfect word or phrase as if it could release the floodgates of God’s blessings and favor. In reality, my prayers… Read more Our Father

Giving

by Giovanna Cavagnaro Recently God has been teaching me about giving. Giving is a beautiful thing. I think God enjoys it when His children give, because He’s a giver Himself. You see, in our natural world giving is not generally seen as something useful or profitable for any purposes other than being kind, but that’s because the world functions under scarce resources. God does not. He has unlimited funds, unlimited goods, unlimited resources. So while the world’s rationale may lead us to believe that when we give, we lose goods,… Read more Giving

Viva Mexico?  

by Dani Corona When it came to everyday discussions on race and ethnicity, I was once very insecure and confused. Because for me, this is how conversations generally go: “What is your background?” “I am three quarters Mexican and one quarter German.” “Really? I wouldn’t have guessed! You don’t look Mexican at all. Do you speak Spanish?” “No, not fluently.” “Have you been to Mexico?” “Sadly, no.” “Oh, well do you speak German?” “No.” This leads to a little awkward silence. Then the conversation shifts its attention to the next… Read more Viva Mexico?  

Words

by Stephanie Cressler Head down, fingers typing, fingers swiping, eyes captured, mouth closed, not talking. Communication hindered when you rather text than talk to the real-life human next to you, you call friend. When ‘how are you?’ becomes ‘how r u?’, u mght ms the mng, the purpose, the point of what is being said. Don’t live, going through the motions, (a motion in itself), you aren’t a mirror, don’t reflect what the world does. You are a real-life human with a head to think, fingers to hold, eyes to… Read more Words

Progress and Identity

by Emani Pollard Ethnicity is something in which every person places his identity. It is good and important and to be celebrated. The politics of ethnic identity are no more resolved than they were thirty years ago. Though we have slowly progressed, our destructive humanity still hangs on to racism and hate. It is not 1968, but police brutality still exists, a black man was brutally murdered in Mississippi, and media stereotypes in reporting do not help anyone. Events in Ferguson, Missouri have revived the conversation about racial tensions that… Read more Progress and Identity