National Coming Out Month

Many people yesterday wore purple in honor of Spirit Day, in order to raise awareness for the recent teen LGBT suicides. There have been at least nine suicides in the last few weeks, as a result of anti-gay bullying. Various other projects have been started as well, including Dan Savage’s It Gets Better and the…

Vietnamese Community in New Orleans

For my Ethnocommunications class, we viewed a documentary called A Village Called Versailles. One of the TAs believes that this is what opened the nation to acknowledging that a Vietnamese community exists in New Orleans. Even when Hurricane Katrina occurred, this community remained voiceless from mainstream media. Sure, Anderson Cooper covered it for a bit,…

My Mom is a Fob

We affectionately call each other a “fob” when we speak ungrammatically, watch anime, or even eat chicken feet for Dim Sum, but at one point in the past, the term “F.O.B.” had been derogatory. When the term F.O.B. was first coined in the 1980s, it was used as a racist and derogatory term to describe…