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Beverly Daniel Tatum, author of ‘Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?’ on race and identity in adolescence

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For one writer, an online language class provided a gateway to understanding his own roots

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Stories from the Medium universe that tackle titles and identity

  • After being identified by broadcast news networks as an “expert” on North Korea, writer and journalist Eric Stinton unpacks the absurdity of such labels: “Imagine an interview with an ‘America Expert.’ What would that even mean? What aspect of America would their expertise be in? Economics? Politics? Culture?”
  • Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell writes of the many shades of racism and how they relate to…

The media continues to lament the lack of diversity in the primary race, ignoring the fact that Sanders is Jewish American

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It was in California that I realized my liberation was tied to my choice in clothing

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The family sitcom confronted Asian American stereotypes but struggled to live up to expectations

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For one Korean American writer, the late athlete bridged generational and cultural divides

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Being the only Filipino kid in my group of friends, I grew up ashamed of the tastes and smells of my culture

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And why they keep themselves hidden from you

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How can we bring ‘holiday orphans’ together without it doing more harm than good?

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