• Misc


    What’s up APC? My name is Jos and I’m from New Jersey! Below is a personal essay I wrote about growing up lesbian in my hometown. Growing up in a homophobic city and going to a school in which the teachers, disciplinarians, and principals were all homophobic made my life pretty difficult. The year I came out was 2013. 2013 was a year of pride, loneliness, awareness, and personal growth. The city that I was raised in was a city full of crime and violence. If you were not what society deemed “normal,” you had to hide who you were. I came to terms with my sexual orientation when I…

  • Misc

    The Lives I See

    Hello APC! My name is Amy and I live in Shanghai, China. I have loved taking photographs since I was very young. Photography allows me to record the authentic moments of life. Photography is about creatively revealing my values through my use of different subjects in my photographs as well as in the finished product as a whole. I believe that photography can harness the emotions of an audience and spur a deeply resonating impact. Follow my Instagram, @smokeshell, for more awesome photos!

  • Travel

    A Trip of a Lifetime

    Hello APC, my name is Camy Pierre-Louis and I am a sophmore at Rice University. In 2016 I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program in China through a language immersion organization called NSLI-Y. Looking back I learned so much from my NSLI-Y summer, here are some of my takeaways: My NSLIY experience can only be described as surprising and life changing. I did not plan to apply to NSLIY nor did I know it existed until a friend showed it to me in the middle of the library. Excitedly, she told me that there was this program that let people who studied different languages…

  • Mental Health

    Brace Yourself

    Hello APC fam! My name is Ankita Sen and here is a piece I wrote about my mental health journey. I’ve been on the verge of having a panic attack for the last three weeks. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it’s overcome me. Every so often I’m stopped in my tracks and it feels like the world is spinning on a different axis and I’m somehow left behind spinning all alone. I can’t shake the feeling that something, anything will go horribly wrong at any second. I have to brace myself for when it does. Will I ever be good enough? Will I ever be the person I…

  • Art

    A Moment Captured

    Hello all, my name is Janna Ibrahim. Photography to me means capturing things from a perspective that the rest of the world might not see it in. It means sharing the beauty of perception. It means freezing a moment I wish I could stop and savor in real life. Photography holds meaning in my life because it allows me to express my individuality. I have a profound love for colors and a sharp eye for unnoticeable things. A little hint of my personality and identity can be found in each and every photograph that I take and that is what makes each one special. Photography is a box where I…

  • For The Culture

    Food, Family, and Traditions: A Singaporean-American Chinese Lunar New Year

    Though Chinese New Year has drawn to a close, APC community member Natasha Wan wanted to share what this special holiday means to her and how it connects to her Singaporean-American identity: The world of Chinese New Year is very different than the everday hustle and bustle of Singapore. Cousins run around, aunts gossip, and uncles do what uncles do best: eat food and talk politics. When I was young, I would visit Singapore every year for a whole month during this time and meet up with relatives and friends for weeks of food, celebration, and laughter! I would get to see my baby cousins, and play with my lifelong…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health,  Writing


    When you’re young, you feel invincible. Your world seems elevated and tinged with gold on the edges. But then something happens and your eyes are opened to the fine line between life and death that you walk so innocently each day. It happened on a Sunday. I was about to go to tennis practice. “Hurry, you’re going to be late!” My mom announced above the beats of 103.5 radio. I was in the bathroom, struggling to pull my cloud of curls into a neat bun. It was Sunday, August 26th, 2018 and the embers of summer shinned hot that morning. I wished summer would never end. The stairs creaked slowly…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real


    This summer I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Azuri Brown, 11, about her opinions on the word “tomboy”. We were able to unpack the word and assess what it means in our respective communities as well as in society as a whole. Click here to watch her interview!

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    On Gender Issues In Zimbabwe

    Hello everyone! Before I begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bekezela and I am 17 years old. I am a born Zimbabwean of Zulu origin. But most importantly, in terms of this article, I am female. Being female and commenting on gender issues in Zimbabwe can be difficult. Difficult because like every other female in my country, my experience has been, for the most part, terrible. To put it simply, Zimbabwe (the land I love beyond what can be explained) has a big gender issue. It is a sexist nation that has since the beginning of time put excessive effort into glorifying the male. Misogyny runs deep…

  • Art

    A Pen & Pad

    Hi! My name is Kristen Narona and my Instagram handle is @ntkristen. I’m 17 years old and am a senior going to high school in Denver. This set of artwork consists of 6 pieces showcasing different styles and representations of Southeast Asian Women. Growing up, I didn’t have much representation of women that looked at me, let alone other women that share my aesthetic. I’ve made it a goal in my work to represent and normalize brown skinned Asian women. There are a lot of stereotypes of what Asian women can look like, but it’s my hope to enlighten others on the diversity of skin colors that exist within Asian…

  • Art,  International Voices


    My name is Matilda Tran & I’m a Vietnamese international student at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I’m a lover of art & I work in several mediums: photography—mostly experimental—, drawing, fabric/textile, and music. Photography is my main platform and I’m currently focusing on capturing/triggering the feeling of awkwardness and tension. “Censored” is a photography project I’ve been working on that explores my experience and observation of the suppression of women across the different cultures that I have been raised in, namely the American culture and Southeast Asian culture. I seek to use the different types of flowers to symbolize the expectations that surround girls as we grow up,…

  • Hair & Beauty,  Writing

    Masks We Wear

    Introducing Katya Avila, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Highschool. Growing up can be hard, especially with the ever present beauty standards set by the media and society. Katya shares with us her experience growing up Chinese-Filipino, seeing little representation of women like herself in the beauty industry around her. When flipping through pages of any style and beauty magazine, it’s easy to be drawn into the advertisements promoting the newest “peachy pink” eyeshadow palette or “skin perfecting” foundation, or really any cosmetics shown on the shiny pages. They feature beautiful women with flawless glowing faces and sparkling eyes, telling people that with this new product, they’ll be perfect too.  …