“It has caught a lot of people by surprise.”
Surrounded by busy New Yorkers on their determined walks, I, a somewhat-awkward Asian guy holding a petition sheet and a “YANG FOR NEW YORK” sign shout out, “If you’re a registered Democrat in the city, you can sign on this sheet to get Andrew on the mayoral primary ballot!” My shouts rarely receive a response. Most of the time, I either endure painful silence, or worse, an accusatory frown that makes me feel self-conscious about being Chinese. An inner voice echoes in my head: “Will I get beat up?”...
In 2020, America’s foreign policy legacy is under historic scrutiny. It has become common to hear America’s foreign policy record cynically painted as one defined by coups against democratically-elected governments, corporate profiteering, and “forever wars” fought without a legitimate purpose. At Columbia in particular, prevailing opinion holds that U.S. foreign policy is nothing more than imperialism in 21st-century garb. As this narrative has taken hold across the country, many Americans have grown more skeptical of the United States playing a significant role in international affairs. Indeed, isolationism—not a foreign policy, but rather a lack thereof—has found itself back in vogue. Instead of embracing this discredited approach, we must come to terms with America’s foreign policy record and look toward the future, to one where America eagerly accepts her mantle as the decisive player in the international arena....
She imagines her mind like a hallway. Boxes line the floor, filled with all of the poetry and artwork she has ever studied. James Baldwin and W.B. Yeats are there, talking to her in David Hammons' blue light....
“Uncertainty is a motif of my life,” Columbia College first-year Derek Ng tells me, one evening over Zoom.
It was a decade of many firsts for the Columbia women’s tennis program. Led by head coach and former Lion Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02, the Light Blue notched its first-ever winning Ivy League season, claimed its first Ancient Eight title, won ECACs four times, and earned its highest ranking in program history....
This is the fourth edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
Letter to the Editor: Upper-middle-class Asian Americans need greater solidarity with people of color
Julie Yao, BC ’20, writes in response to a column published last week about what the impact of 9/11 on Muslim people can teach us about the long-lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Asian communities. Read the original piece here....
Black deaths lead the nation’s number of pandemic victims while the CDC has yet to publish ethnic breakdown of infection rate
When the nation’s emergency rooms were empty, low-income Black communities did not have access to nearby hospitals. When specialized doctors were still booking appointments, they did not schedule patients on Medicaid....
Jay-Z and Jelani Cobb speak on prison reform, NFL deals, and the hope in hip-hop at inaugural lecture
Jay-Z was met with a standing ovation upon entering The Forum on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. While Beyoncé—yes, you read that right—slipped inconspicuously into her seat in the audience, Jay-Z sat down to speak on topics ranging from his musical influences to prison reform to his controversial partnership with the National Football League to his historic role in the landscape of hip-hop....