Asian American Activism’s Roots in Boston Chinatown (Part 1)

In the late 1950s, Michael Liu played with his neighborhood friends in the rubble of their demolished homes on Albany Street in Boston Chinatown. By the time Tufts Medical Center began expanding into Chinatown in the late sixties, major developments had already displaced hundreds of Chinatown residents. Liu was 10 years old when the state

From Turnstiles to Protests: holding Chile’s government responsible for change

On October 14, 2019, Santiago, Chile’s streets filled with thousands of people protesting the Chilean government’s announcement that they would be raising the price of the city’s metro fare. Despite the government later retracting the fare hike, millions of people still took to the streets. The protests have continued, addressing the high cost of living

Empty Promises: Administrative Action Towards an Equitable Campus Falls Flat

In 1996, multiple racist incidents targeted Asian-American students on campus. As a result, the Tufts Task Force on Race was charged with the goal of examining “the impact of race on the undergraduate community at Tufts.” The 1997 Task Force on Race was created by a mix of faculty, students, deans, and Group of Six

Elizabeth Warren’s Imperialism Won’t Give Us Climate Justice

“Our military can help lead the fight in combating climate change.”  Elizabeth Warren declared this last Spring while introducing her co-written Bill, the Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act, with Texas Representative Veronica Escobar. It would require the Pentagon to achieve net-zero carbon energy for “non-combat bases,” alongside other proposals intending to “harden the US

Queer Reality Fulfilled: How an MTV Dating Show Transformed Reality TV

In 2016, four high-profile, well-loved female queer TV characters were killed off in a period of only 30 days. Lexa from The 100 died taking a bullet for her lover in a scene that too-closely mirrored the death of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Tara, another iconic queer character from 14 years earlier. Other queer stories

Opening Doors: Incoming Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn’s Vision for Medford

The 2020 presidential election may be dominating news cycles at the moment. But in Medford, an equally important race asked voters a question on November 5 that seems to be a hallmark of American politics: will we vote for change, or will we remain stagnant? The two candidates for Mayor of Medford were similar in