Dan Houchins had the day off from work, but quickly came to the hospital when his brother called. There was urgency in his voice. It was early March and the COVID-19 pandemic was just on the cusp of an explosion. As an intensive care unit nurse, Houchins, 28, was accustomed to high-pressure medical situations, but didn’t grasp the magnitude of what was to come.

“My brother called me from inside the hospital and said, ‘I need to meet with you, I have something for you,” Houchins said.

Unsure of what his brother needed to give him, Houchins rushed to meet…

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On a snowy pandemic Sunday afternoon in February, Robbie Lecchino stands behind the counter at All The Kings Horses, an Australian café that opened in New York City’s East Village in 2020. Customers, with their coats speckled with snowflakes and boots damp with slush, make their way inside the small café as the warm aroma of espresso fills the air. Business is slower than usual due to the weather, but there’s still business, nonetheless.

“The best thing about a day like today is that I get to be here and see the snow,” said Lecchino, a native Australian. …

Artwork originally published alongside a statement on press freedom by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

For many people around the world, a lot of things have stopped. Plans have been canceled, jobs have been lost, and in many ways, things are at a complete stand-still. Virtual alternatives simply can’t replace how things used to be, and this bleak reality has caused businesses, educational institutions, families, and individuals to be in limbo about their present situations and the future.

While much of the world has stopped, this is certainly not the case with journalism and the news. In fact, the media has been trying to provide answers, insight, and connectivity regarding the most important issues of…

How assumptions about Asian American assimilation and success force invisibility upon important issues in our communities.

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“What’s so bad about her thinking your dad is good at math? You’re overreacting,” my friend said while we ate our lunch in the cafeteria. We were in 7th grade.

We were talking about my math teacher, whose attention I was trying to get after class. This week’s math lessons were lost on me, and I didn’t know how to do the homework. “Let me just answer Kyle’s question first, then I’ll get to you,” my math teacher assured me. Kyle had actually approached her after I did, but I waited patiently on the side, anxious about whether or not…

A sign in Nantes, France that reads “Coronavirus: It has made more people racist than sick.” (Photo Credit: Estelle Ruiz for The Atlantic)

Trying to balance myself without holding onto the subway pole, I swayed back and forth with my feet planted firmly. I felt a small tickle at the back of my throat. Oh no, not now. I desperately tried to gulp as powerfully as I could to combat the nagging sensation brewing in my esophagus. I cleared my throat and hoped that no one could hear me through their headphones. Suddenly, my eyes began to water and I let out a cough, pulling the collar of my shirt over my face just in time. My face remained hidden inside my shirt…

In a world where we are accustomed to seeing technology disrupt various industries, plant-based milks are bringing a new type of disruption in an area where most people didn’t see it coming: the dairy industry.

Every now and then, I try to assess both my dietary and spending habits, since the two go hand-in-hand for me. When added up, my recent oat milk kick has probably cost me more than I’d be willing to admit; an extra $0.50 for the matcha lattés I have every morning, $3 for a tiny cup of oat-based yogurt as my afternoon snack, and just…

Marketing for Bali Wellness Summit: thefitsummit.com
Marketing for Bali Wellness Summit: thefitsummit.com
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This article was originally published in The Self-Care Issue of Overachiever Magazine on November 26, 2019.

I have bought my fair share of face masks, yoga classes, massages, and healing crystals over the past year. I initially made these purchases to reduce the mental stress from work and the physical strain from marathon training, but the collateral damage was the eventual impact on my credit card bill. Self-care and wellness, especially the way social media portrays it, is certainly not cheap.

As of last year, the wellness industry was estimated to be worth $4.2 trillion globally, which amounts to 5%…

Illustration from iStockphoto
Illustration from iStockphoto

Inclusion & Diversity is a phrase that’s heard a lot at work. Large companies have started to build HR teams specifically focused on improving inclusion and diversity, with some firms even making attempts to create C-Suite positions dedicated to these aspects in the workplace. Although these initiatives are (hopefully) well-intentioned from the top, a lot of eye-rolling comes from employees, dreading training sessions where they’re talked at about best practices they should already know.

In order to have a truly inclusive and diverse culture, companies need to have buy-in from majority groups. While agendas can be pushed from the top…

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Image credit: optinmonster.com
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I distinctly remember a moment from three years ago when someone called me shallow for having a job I wasn’t particularly passionate about. At the time, I was working 12-hour days in my first job out of school. I had previously interned at the same company, I liked the people, and it paid a lot more than the other job offers I had — this latter point being the main reason why I took the job. What seemed logical to me was seen as shallow to someone else. …

A traditional Filipino kamayan feast. Credit: Chatelaine

This article is scheduled to be published by The Asian Journal for their Pinoy Thanksgiving Feature.

New York City is no stranger to Filipino cuisine, thanks to a strong presence of Filipino communities in Queens and Jersey City. Small family-run restaurants serving up traditional dishes, bakeries with ube-filled pastries, and the existence of a Jollibee are not out of the norm in these areas. However, this hasn’t been the case in Manhattan — perhaps until recently.

Last year, the New York Times ran a story called Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream, a positive sign that cultural…

Marissa Guiang

MBA / MS Journalism candidate at Columbia University, focusing on the intersection of strategy, tech, and thought leadership. VP at BlackRock. Cornell ‘15.

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