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L.A.’s newest project? A youth development department

L.A.’s newest project? A youth development department

For seven years, L.A. youth organizations have pushed for the creation of a youth development department within the city. They’ve met with city council members and organized rallies with students across the county.   Now, it’s finally happening.  After months of...

Column: Being Latina in a classroom of white peers

Column: Being Latina in a classroom of white peers

When I was younger, I seldom thought about my identity; I barely knew what “identity” meant. What is race? What is ethnicity? What is culture? I suppose I always found myself to be a little different than my peers (I attended a predominantly white elementary school in...

17-year-old Bryce Wettstein skates her way to the Tokyo Olympics

17-year-old Bryce Wettstein skates her way to the Tokyo Olympics

Bryce Wettstein isn’t a stranger to the world of professional skateboarding. The 17-year-old has grown up competing at various competitions while juggling the additional pressures of being in high school. However, this summer, Wettstein is entering uncharted waters....

Review: You need these artists in your summer playlist

Review: You need these artists in your summer playlist

Summer seems to be slipping away faster than sand through my fingers on the beach. Desperate to achieve my main-character-in-a-coming-of-age-movie summer dreams, I scoured the depths of Spotify’s “New Releases,” “Charts” and “Rising Artists” playlists to find the best...

Opinion: Nuclear disarmament is unachievable

Opinion: Nuclear disarmament is unachievable

After being stricken by war and poverty, my grandfather immigrated from South Korea, which was decimated by Korean aggression decades ago. Like immigrants from ruined states, my grandfather traveled to the beacon of his remaining hope: the United States. When I became...

Opinion: The race against homelessness

Opinion: The race against homelessness

As you wait for the red light to turn green, a man sitting on the curb catches your eye, but you quickly turn away because once you make eye contact, it's game over. You turn back to face the road, but suddenly, you hear a knock on your window. You turn to the man as...

Opinion: It’s our turn to speak

Opinion: It’s our turn to speak

Before you make any assumptions about me from my almond-shaped eyes or Chinese surname, let me give a few disclaimers: I didn’t spend my childhood memorizing the periodic table or practicing an instrument for eight hours a day. I wasn’t able to breeze through...