The Other Side of the Street: Local Community Members and the Tufts Housing Crisis

How often are narratives from non-student community members of Somerville and Medford centered in our discussions of displacement and housing justice? For the few thousand Tufts students who live off-campus, there are another few thousand community members being actively pushed out of their homes and neighborhoods. Tufts students are not necessarily responsible for the scope

A Follow-up: History isn’t Hypothetical

Note: the following personal narrative details events that, ironically, occurred during the weekend of Japanese Culture Club’s Day of Remembrance (DOR) events. The author has included this narrative to be printed alongside an account of JCC’s DOR in this week’s Observer’s issue in order to further readers’ understandings of the historical depth of anti-Asian racism

The Race for Space: Chinatown’s Fight for Low-Income Housing

Outside the brick row houses on Tyler Street in Boston’s Chinatown, a crowd of forty gathered to support YenChi Chen an hour before his court appearance on Valentine’s Day morning. Chen owns A Salon, where he has been cutting hair in Chinatown for seven years. His landlord has been renting out the old row houses’

Lost in Translation: Supporting Bilingual Students

When freshman Karina Aserraf walked into her first class at Tufts, she didn’t expect her language to be the hardest part. After her first quiz in Introduction to Child Development, she noticed that close to none of the points she lost were related to the material, but to the confusing fill-in-the-blank format of the quiz.

The Reduction of Culture: creating South Asian spaces at Tufts

“Hopefully one day we’ll have more specificity in South Asian groups on campus, but I’m glad we have what we do have,” remarked Meha Elhence, one of the three captains of the Tufts JumboRaas dance team.   The specificity that Elhence speaks of points to the myriad of distinct cultures within South Asia, each with

Under Review: Reevaluating the Confucius Institute at Tufts

On November 18, the New York Times released a five-part article series entitled “China Rules” that overviews the country’s rising power and mounting tensions with the United States. The series begins by commenting that, “[China] didn’t like the West’s playbook, so they wrote their own.” The Times coverage tells a story that has increasingly come

Being Femme in Public: An Interview with Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming artist, writer, and educator. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. On November 10, they visited campus and gave their performance, Femme in Public, based on their chapbook of the same title. On October 21, the New York

The Food We Waste: Rethinking Consumption and Excess at Tufts

Next time you’re in Dewick or Carmichael, stand for a moment in front of the dish return carousel. Observe what you see.   Perhaps it’s a slow Saturday morning, and there are just a few empty coffee-stained cups on the trays, or maybe it’s rush hour at lunch on a Monday. The carousel is overflowing