Archive | August 2012

Youthful voice: “Preventing homelessness”

Youthful voice: “Preventing homelessness”

By Victor Cai SYLP STUDENT Take a walk around the busy metropolitan areas of Seattle, like the International District or Downtown, and you’ll notice that it is a beautiful city with plenty of water and greenery. But something is awry. Along those beautiful city streets, you will encounter many people who are suffering from poverty […]

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Youthful voice: “Thoughts on the SODO Stadium Proposal”

Youthful voice: “Thoughts on the SODO Stadium Proposal”

It’s easy to fantasize about putting yet another major landmark in Seattle. Take for example the proposed arena, where Seattleites could watch their returning team, the beloved SuperSonics, along with the city’s first professional NHL team. But this is easier said than done …

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Youthful voice: “A look into this year’s Olympics”

Youthful voice: “A look into this year’s Olympics”

The Summer Olympic Games have been around since the 1896 Games in Athens, Greece. Since then, the United States have won a total of 929 gold medals, while China has only won a total of 163 gold medals. Though China received the most gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics, the total amount is still far from the amount of medals received by the United States …

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Youthful voice: “Remembering the Sjoeupersonics”

Youthful voice: “Remembering the Sjoeupersonics”

The Seattle SuperSonics were ripped away from the Seattle after the 2008 season and taken to Oklahoma City by owner Clay Bennett. Christopher Hansen, a wealthy San Francisco hedge fund manager, made progress to acquire land in the Sodo neighborhood with the hope of building a multi-purpose arena that would be home to a professional basketball and hockey team …

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Youthful voice: “How to intrinsically motivate yourself”

Youthful voice: “How to intrinsically motivate yourself”

There are two types of motivation in the world. Intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes from within and is deeply connected with the individual’s values and beliefs …

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Youthful voice: “Web culture forces us to conform”

Youthful voice: “Web culture forces us to conform”

Conformity is driven by one’s mentality to perform like the majority due to the fear of being alone in one’s thoughts and ideals. It portrays a sense of mob mentality, which is the tendency of people to act in unison. Conformity is reinforced through popular culture and pressure from society …

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Youthful voice: “Organic versus non-organic”

Youthful voice: “Organic versus non-organic”

Since 1939, farmers across the world have been using pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides to protect their crops, increase their yield each year, and turn a profit. These pesticides are used on different kinds of plants, fruits, and vegetables. But within the last decade, an organic craze has swept the developed world. The question is: Is growing food organically better for the environment than growing food with pesticides? …

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Youthful voice: “Grossly delicious”

Youthful voice: “Grossly delicious”

Dinner is served, and sea cucumber is the main course. You’re probably not thinking, “Mmm, delicious!” because, at least on first sight, this reddish, slug-like sea creature just does not look appetizing. However, it is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine. Asia is where you can find some of the most exotic foods in the world, ranging from deep fried grasshoppers to Indonesian bats …

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Youthful voice: “Alone, together, on a bus”

Youthful voice: “Alone, together, on a bus”

For the past two weeks, I have been riding on the King County Metro to and from the International District. I have never taken the bus by myself for such a long period of time, so I’ve had a lot of new experiences. From the first day, I started to notice some unspoken etiquette for riding public transit. There are minute differences in the customs — or habits, if you will — of riding the bus in the morning and riding it in the afternoon …

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Youthful voice: “International District: a treasured location in Seattle”

Youthful voice: “International District: a treasured location in Seattle”

The International District is easily recognizable by the tantalizing scents of dim sum, roasted pork, roasted duck, and structures of dragons throughout the area. This diversity of the area lend to its complex and rich landscape. Whether its unique businesses like the fortune cookie factory or the Danny Wu Garden, and small bubble tea and dim sum shops, all are interest points that makes this community special. …

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Youthful voice: “The ID: A once proud neighborhood now in need of saving”

Youthful voice: “The ID: A once proud neighborhood now in need of saving”

Those who go to the International District (ID) on a regular basis know that tourists have become a regular sight. The ID was one of the strongest Asian American communities in the United States and has always been on the forefront of advancing the rights of Asian Americans. Since the ID’s foundation in 1910, generations of different Asian ethnic groups have populated the area …

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Youthful voice: “Spotlighting child trafficking in Ghana”

Youthful voice: “Spotlighting child trafficking in Ghana”

In the world today, about 27 million people are trafficked for prostitution and forced labor. According to recent studies in Ghana alone, about 20 percent of children are engaged in child labor, most of who are captured by Ghanaian fishermen coming from the North Atlantic Ocean. Recently, it was reported that girls from Ghana have been found in Russia living as prostitutes …

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Youthful voice: “How to help combat global poverty”

Youthful voice: “How to help combat global poverty”

Global poverty is on the rise because food prices are increasing. It is estimated that more than 100 million people may fall into poverty because of the food price increase. More than 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2.50 each day. And more than 22,000 children die every day due to not having enough money to buy food, and more than 200 million children are undernourished. Poverty affects more than 1 billion children in the world …

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Youthful voice: “Pop culture equals globalization”

Youthful voice: “Pop culture equals globalization”

Popular culture is everywhere. Generally, it consists of music, fashion, mass media, Internet, and celebrities. Pop culture defines how we dress, how we interact, how we find entertainment, and how we spend our leisure time. It is life …

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Youthful voice: “Interracial Relationships”

Youthful voice: “Interracial Relationships”

Loving someone in this world should not be affected by someone’s race or ethnicity. It should be affected by how the person truly feels about the other person or relationship. The amount of interracial relationships has been steadily increasing, but many relationships still involve couples of the same race or ethnicity …

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Youthful voice: “Bullying in cyberspace”

Youthful voice: “Bullying in cyberspace”

If you walk into someone’s room, more than likely you will see someone on a laptop, computer, or cell phone. At this day and age, our generation is extremely attached to our technology. When asked to name five things teenagers can’t live without, they’d most likely answer: cell phones, iPods, and laptop. This might cause concern, but if they’re using the technology to entertain themselves, what’s the big deal? …

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Youthful voice: “A need for progress in women’s rights”

Youthful voice: “A need for progress in women’s rights”

All over the world and throughout history, females have often been treated as inferior to males. Although we now celebrate National Women History month, there’s still a lack of equality between the sexes …

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Youthful voice: “Middle class crisis”

Youthful voice: “Middle class crisis”

What exactly is the middle class? For almost 50 years, a middle class standard of living in the United States meant having a secure job, a safe and stable home, access to health care, retirement security, time off for vacation, opportunities to save for the future, and the ability to provide a good education, including a college education, for one’s children …

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Youthful voice: “No subtitles, please”

Youthful voice: “No subtitles, please”

By Emily Wong SYLP STUDENT How important is language to culture? Currently, the only language I know is English. Does that mean that nothing separates me from the average American? In order to feel like an Asian American, do I need to be able to speak the language of my parents? Yes. At least for […]

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Youthful voice: “Life as an ESL Asian American”

Youthful voice: “Life as an ESL Asian American”

During my childhood, I struggled with learning English. I often used “Chinglish” words, such as “fire rice,” instead of, “fried rice.” I was made fun of for not speaking English correctly, but that’s OK, because I don’t remember much about being teased, anyway …

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