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Squid Game: Its More than a Macabre

Squid Game: It’s More than a Macabre

Warning: The following article contains spoilers from “Squid Game.” Reader’s discretion advised.
Mai Vo, Opinion Coumnist November 18, 2021

“Squid Game” just happened. Whether you love it or hate it, there's a lot to digest in this nine-episode Netflix series, from its visceral storytelling to its nuanced portrayal of contemporary South...

How the sustainability movement can save itself

How the sustainability movement can save itself

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist November 4, 2021

Sustainable development has been a buzzword in international politics since the mid-1980s, and a self-defined sustainability movement has been active since at least the early 90s. The idea of living within...

How did we get from bubble tea to boba liberalism?

How did we get from bubble tea to boba liberalism?

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist October 19, 2021

Food is a tangible product, made for consumption. In more sentimental terms, it has been frequently described as a “universal language” that transcends borders or backgrounds. In the U.S., a land in...

The harsh reality of the tortured artist

The harsh reality of the “tortured artist”

Great pain makes great art — but at what cost?
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist October 7, 2021

Great pain makes great art. There is no doubt about it. At some point in my childhood, I spent several hours a day practicing the piano in preparation for competitions and examinations, squeezing that...

Cà Phê Sữa Đá: A Vietnamese delicacy

Cà Phê Sữa Đá: A Vietnamese delicacy

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist September 23, 2021

If you know me, you know that I’m more of a juice and tea person than a coffee person. But I would drink Vietnamese coffee (cà phê sữa đá) in a heartbeat, and by that I mean the flavors, taste...

Face filters, plastic surgery and social media

Face filters, plastic surgery and social media

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist September 9, 2021

To be honest, I thought that the pandemic situation would have improved by now, but sadly I must admit that, like during quarantine, I still spend an embarrassing amount of time staring at myself in the...

Is there a recipe for survival in the music industry?

Is there a recipe for survival in the music industry?

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist May 5, 2021

As the semester comes to a close, I feel it necessary to talk about endings — hopefully this won’t be my last article. I’ve always thought of the “beat” as something that represents not only...

Say our names right: Respecting the humanity of marginalized groups

Say our names right: Respecting the humanity of marginalized groups

Even in news media, the names of AAPI's are often abridged or mispronounced
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist April 21, 2021

To hear your name repeated back to you, in its correct pronunciation, is one of the simplest yet most powerful forms of acknowledgment. It is an indication of effort on the speaker’s part to respect...

The story of Vietnamese people and nail salons runs deeper than a comedy skit

The story of Vietnamese people and nail salons runs deeper than a comedy skit

The beginning of the Vietnamese entrepreneurial spirit can be traced back to the 1970s
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist April 9, 2021

Most Americans recognize Tippi Hedren for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film “The Birds” — but among the Vietnamese American community, her reputation is for something a little...

Memes: Meaningless jokes or something more?

Memes: Meaningless jokes or something more?

The seemingly unimportant joke format allows us to process current events
Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist March 20, 2021

How often do you look at memes? Do you seek them out? Do you share them? Do you ever create your own? I’m sure you know the answer more than anyone else, but have you ever wondered who created the memes...

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Life is a bowl of noodles

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist January 28, 2021

Are you really a college student if you haven’t sat, staring at your dinner consisting of a bowl of ramen noodles while you contemplate the meaning of life? Before even making ramen noodles there are...

You are what you eat: Looking at Vietnamese food as preservation of culture

You are what you eat: Looking at Vietnamese food as preservation of culture

Mai Vo, Opinion Columnist January 25, 2021

When I was six, I would walk across the street every Saturday morning towards metal carts with pots of steaming broth, fresh noodles, warm baguettes and fragrant herbs. Greeting the vendor with a familiar...

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