Westernization of the Gua Sha

Amidst a time when screen time dominates our days, social media trends have become  key in forming our likes and dislikes. As college students, we are the most impressionable and most likely to follow these trends. In fact, many of us have probably found ourselves subscribing to numerous trend cycles throughout the years – let…

A Reflection on “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami

Growing up in a predominantly Caucasian community, I was often fed Eurocentric literature in school and consumed media mainly centered around white narratives. Works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway dominated my English classes. I was always hearing about what the white man had to say, what friendship and love…

Microaggressions

Microaggressions are commonplace verbal or behavioral slights that express derogatory attitudes regarding an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality; they may be made consciously or unconsciously. When unintentional, microaggressions can be considered a manifestation of implicit biases, as their internalized prejudicial thought processes are expressed outwardly in the form of passive comments or actions. However,…

Implicit Bias

Implicit biases are instinctive stereotypes about individuals or groups that engender negative attitudes and contribute to cycles of prejudice and discrimination.  A key aspect of implicit bias is that it functions subconsciously. Thoughts associated with implicit bias occur spontaneously and are based on drawing inferences that one believes are logical. Of course, noticing patterns and…