Brianna Pham

Brianna Pham

Brianna Pham is a senior at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Irvine, California. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her personal pieces. Most notably, her essay on criticizing Asian excellence merited a gold key. Brianna mainly uses writing to forget the fact that she's stuck in the suburbs until graduation.
My family car: A lost friend

My family car: A lost friend

My first childhood friend was a 2004 Lincoln Navigator. A year after I was born, my parents realized that they’d need an SUV to sustain our four-person family. With that, the champagne gold machine rolled up ceremoniously to our driveway. The gaudy red bow on its hood...

AsAm Podcast: Episode 1!

AsAm Podcast: Episode 1!

Throughout this podcast series, two students discuss their Asian American lives: the highs, the lows and everything in between. Episode 1 is a discussion on how Asian traditionalism has bled into childhood political beliefs and expectations. Check out our episode on...

Column: How I lost my cultural identity, then found it again

Column: How I lost my cultural identity, then found it again

My parents thought that teaching me Vietnamese would hinder my academic performance. And yet, by omitting it from my childhood, they had unwittingly destroyed something else: my confidence. Vietnamese died with my parents’ assimilation in the United States — to the...

Column: Online activism creates new forms of education

Column: Online activism creates new forms of education

Being stuck at home is a shared strife amongst students of all ages. This environmental shift has impeded upon academic routines, engaging learning environments, and the relationship between a student and teacher. Alas, amongst all this confusion, there has been one...

Opinion: How one pathogen changed my life

Opinion: How one pathogen changed my life

It's exactly one week, or 10,080 minutes since I went outside for more than mere moments. My only company is the irrationally large pile of Kleenex boxes that my parents towed from Costco. I don't think I've ever needed that many tissues and I've had my fair share of...

Opinion: How to save our future generations

Opinion: How to save our future generations

A while ago, my sister's boyfriend asked her this: "What are three things you would want your future son or daughter to know?" She passed the question to me today, and my instinctive answer has compelled me to write this essay. I preface by saying that I am a mere...

Opinion: The United States has fallen ill

Opinion: The United States has fallen ill

It is June, and it is a period of relief for students who are subjected to nine-month school years. The conclusion of tests and classes is supposed to freshen the air in the lungs of students like myself. And yet, it would be virtually impossible for me — and many of...

Opinion: A jaded student’s response to Trump Jr.

Opinion: A jaded student’s response to Trump Jr.

Our media argues that education is not something to be tampered with for the sake of momentary crowd support at the cost of criticizing basic human rights. Journalists and intellectuals alike conclude that schooling, specifically teachers, are the drivers of knowledge...