By Yerin Kim |Staff Writer| As of 2013, Californians disposed an estimated 4.4 pounds of waste per person, per day, resulting in disposal of approximately 30.2 million tons per year, according to the solid waste disposal tonnage summary data by California's department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). Americans’ environmentally irresponsible habits are accelerating to resource extinction and environmental destruction. The U.S. should improve environmental awareness and policies. Many Americans throw leftover food away into one trash bin, along with disposable plates and spoons, and bag their purchases individually at outlets. It is shocking to see the abuse of … [Read more...] about Americans irresponsible eco-habits are killing the environment
Yerin Kim | Staff Writer | American society’s obsession with hypersexuality permeates every aspect of life, normalizing unrealistic and unhealthy stereotypes regarding gender and sexuality. In Korea, although we are exposed to pornography and provocative images in the media, hypersexuality is considered shameful, rather than a normalized and acceptable culture. About two weeks ago, my friends and I went to a strip club with a giant wave of curiosity, which gave me a huge culture shock, and pushed me to consider the subject of sexuality in American society. After passing a sign on a door that ironically read “Gentlemen’s Club,” strippers … [Read more...] about Threatening hypersexual culture numbs American society
By Yerin Kim |Staff Writer| Tuesdays with Morrie is a book that served as direction when I lost my way in life. It helped me reconsider the significance of life and death. Mitch Albom's book is so inspirational, it has been published in 41 languages, and adapted into an award-winning movie directed by Mick Jackson in 1999. The book is a collection of nonfiction stories, including conversations on the meaning of life between Mitch, a sports columnist, and Morrie Schartz, a retired sociology professor. Morrie was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—a fatal neuromuscular disease that ultimately results in paralysis, then death. While suffering from progressive muscle … [Read more...] about Tuesdays with Morrie: A mentor’s lessons on life
By Yerin Kim |Staff Writer| When you open the door, a Korean student in front of you doesn’t hold the door without saying sorry. When you make eye contact with a Korean student inside an elevator, you smile and say “hi," but she avoids eye contact, smiling awkwardly. Would you think Koreans are rude? Korean etiquette is quite different from American. It is not common in Korea to hold the door open for a stranger, offer greetings with a smile when you make eye contact with strangers, or say “bless you” when someone sneezes. When you bump into people in Korea, you won’t hear “excuse me” or “sorry” from them. It is not because Koreans are rude, but they mutually understand that … [Read more...] about Are Koreans rude?