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Crimson opinion writer

Michelle I. Gao

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Who Can Be ‘Racist’?

Consider the recent controversy involving Sarah Jeong, whose colorful tweets against white people were dug up after the New York Times’ editorial board hired her.

What a Time to Be American
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What a Time to Be American

It is just as well that the United States didn’t send a team to the World Cup, because it’s been incredibly hard this summer to cheer on America in the international sphere.

It’s Not Asians Who ‘Game the System’
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It’s Not Asians Who ‘Game the System’

Asians do what they can to get into the best American institutions, but it seems like those institutions are doing just about everything they can to keep us out.

'Pride' and Prejudice and Cake
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‘Pride’ and Prejudice and Cake

The Court’s decision is actually no loss for the community and should not injure any BGLTQ person’s pride.

Columns

'Fan' Rule

Fans have always had some power to take the object of their love into their own hands. But increasingly, fans can do more than create alternatives and supplements. They can affect the works themselves.

Columns

All ‘Representation Matters’

The mere presence of representation in a work of art should not be its selling point—and really cannot be, in the long run.

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The Role of the ‘Elite’

There is nothing inherently elitist about being liberal. And surely the word “elite” loses meaning when it is applied to half the country.

Columns

Past and Future ‘Merit’ in College

Discussions of merit should take the long-term view. We in the College are still in the short-term, though—the verdict on our “merit” is still out.

Columns

On What Is 'Fake' and What Is 'News'

There are pressing problems that do not fall under the “fake news” umbrella but that should still be addressed. These issues have more to do with what is “news” rather than what is “fake.”

Columns

The Most 'Timely' Movie of the Year

Making a movie that doesn’t seem to have any appeal should be worth celebrating more than something that is obviously “timely.”

Columns

The Intersections in “Intersectionality”

Unlike on standardized tests, no interpretation of “intersectionality” is wrong. But it is also a stretch to say that all interpretations are equally good.

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Educating Others Is More Than a 'Job'

People who complain about educating want to skip steps. They want to wake up in a world where everyone already understands. But we don’t live in that world yet.

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Why I Don't Support Identity Politics Anymore

A person’s lived experience should never be invalidated. But no identity makes the beliefs that someone derives from their lived experience automatically more correct.

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