Yusra was an English major and Education Studies minor at UCLA for the class of 2022. In addition to being a copy editor for UCLA's Pacific Ties Newsmagazine, Yusra was the Executive Editor of Creative Nonfiction for UCLA's Journal of the Arts: Westwind. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys binging shows with her friends and running her popular meme pages.

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…

AAPI Expressions of Power in Film: How Shang-Chi, Bridgerton and Other Recent Motion Pictures Have Altered the Narrative

From romantic love stories to animated films, expressions of APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American) power in film have become far more centered around the value of the character over anything else. In the past, we have been given characters that fall within a limited scope of stereotypes. Now, across a variety of genres, the…

#APIDAIcon of the Week: Dear Asian Youth

Dear Asian Youth (DAY) is a non-profit organization and literary magazine that aims to empower the Asian community. According to their website, their goal is to “uplift marginalized communities through education, activism, and celebration.” The organization was founded by 16-year-old student Stephanie Hu in order to create a space for her to publish her literary…

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,…