The battle over Carpinteria High’s mascot

The LA Times and Santa Barbara Independent, among other newspapers, recently covered a local debate involving cultural stereotypes, school pride, and history.  Eli Cordero, a junior of Chumash descent, has pushed to remove Native American imagery at Carpinteria High. The LA Times reports: Eli sees “Warriors” as an ethnically neutral name, but he said the images have…

Colors and culture

If you live in Los Angeles, the next time you’re on the freeway or at a busy intersection, take a look at the cars. How many colors do you see? I can count them on one hand: white, gray/silver, black, and red. Sure, occasionally you’ll see a blue or green car (wow!), but it’s really…

Studying for finals? Add oil!

As we UCLA students slog through final exams, we like to commiserate about our exams, projects, and papers and then reassure each other that it’ll all be over soon. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, people often use the expression “add oil (加油)” to encourage each other, especially during final exams season. Yesterday I said…