Maya Rao

Opinion Editor


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Pro: Should cultural appropriation be condemned?

Bindis. Dreadlocks. Saris. Tribal prints. Kimonos. Ponchos. Headdresses. All these are markers of cultures that have established distinct identities, and their clothing, their hair, their style are all ways in which they attempt to promote and protect those identities. And for years, the best way to assimilate into those cultures was to pick up their habits and customs, to dress like them, to act like them. But recently, doing any of the above has garnered more criticism than goodwill. If you are not ethnically a member of a particular culture, numerous articles caution, do not adopt any characteristics of that culture. Social me...
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Abby Brown recieves Crystal Apple Award for outstanding teaching

Math teacher Abby Brown received the Crystal Apple Award for TPHS from the Church of the Latter-Day Saints on May 19.  Brown was nominated by Mormon student Timmy Jafek (12), who has two classes with her and had to submit, through an application, Brown’s “outstanding attributes” and significant contributions to students’ learning experience. The applications were then reviewed on the basis of quality and the number of times the teacher has received and been nominated for the Crystal Apple Awards. The awards recognize one teacher per year from local schools in the SDUHSD. “I...
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Let’s Break It Down: The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico is in debt. Really, really bad debt. The labor force participation rate has dropped to 40.5 percent and the unemployment rate has risen to 11.7 percent. Puerto Rico’s standing as an American territory makes those people in Puerto Rico who are affected by the debt crisis American citizens — all 3.5 million of them. And those 3.5 million are on the hook for billions in debt. That’s a lot of Americans and that’s a lot of money. So what’s going on? Puerto Rico, long regarded as an exotic-but-still-American destination for middle and upper class families, proved to be the perfect va...
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Gorilla Killed to Save Boy

Gorilla Harambe was killed on May 28 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old boy fell into the moat that surrounds his enclosure. The gorilla, the zoo explained, adopted an aggressive stance, and there was no way to lure Harambe away from the boy — the zookeepers tried to herd the gorillas behind the exhibit; the females went, but Harambe did not. Tranquilizers might have been too slow-acting, or if Harambe was immobilized, he may have drowned in the moat and dragged the boy with him. There was no option but to kill. While the loss of Harambe’s life is a tragedy, the zookeepers made the right decision in saving the l...
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Con: States should boycott North Carolina for new restroom regulation law

Discrimination is wrong. Children are taught that discrimination is wrong, that it is a socially punishable offense, that the people who practice discrimination are bad. And how do we deal with these “bad people?” We discriminate against them in turn. We spurn them, decry them, cut off everything necessary for their social survival and laugh while they struggle.  North Carolina is a state that has practiced discrimination in the form of restricting transgender and gender-fluid individuals to using only the bathroom marked for their biological sex. People are indignant, but they are taking their hatred ...
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Katie Qian and Calvin Ma

Photographer Calvin Ma (‘13) and stylist Katie Qian (’15) are fashion’s newest power couple. Ma, a photography student at California State University, Long Beach, and Qian, a psychology student at the University of California, Los Angeles, have been working together only since last year, when Qian encouraged Ma to pursue fashion photography.  “[Katie] pushed me to try it out and I’m glad she did because it gave me a lot of experience shooting in a totally different style than I normally do,” Ma said.  Ma generally shoots lifestyle and portraiture, usua...
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Personal Perspective: Maya Rao

So, where are you from? San Diego, I answer in a perfect California accent — the last syllable drawn out longer than it should.  I flash a smile and wait for the inevitable reaction: eyebrows up, eyes squinted, lips pursed — but only for a moment. No, but really. Where are you really from? Where’s your family from? I chew my cheek to repress a sigh. Bangalore, India. It’s in the South. We don’t speak Hindu or Indian. Those aren’t even languages. We speak Kannada. No, not Canada or Canadian. Are you aware they speak English in Canada? And French. Not “Canadian.”  ...
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Hillary Clinton is unfairly vilified by the media

Presidential elections are always hotbeds of hatred. Candidates call each other out, pull each other down, leak any story they can to make their opponents’ campaigns crash and burn to the ground. But this election cycle has been particularly nasty, not only because of the insults thrown about haphazardly by Republican candidate Donald Trump, but also because of the rhetoric used, by other candidates and by the media, to describe former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is running for president for the second time. Clinton has been booed, hushed, shot down, ignored, branded a liar and a cheat and a criminal unworthy of...