Category: Lutalica

Being a Queer Catholic is a blessing

(Catherine Aniezue/Emory Wheel) In a way, my sexuality has always been tied to my faith. My first romantic inclinations occurred during mass. I was in the pew, holding my parents’ hands and sneaking glances at the boy on the altar, holding a candle. Even though I was aware that my mind should have been on [...]

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Puzzles: taking life piece by piece

(Openverse/weremonkey) I have always been the type of kid who would rather do puzzles than watch television or play video games. For as long as I can remember, I have found that puzzles are the most captivating and interesting way to keep myself entertained, as they require active creativity and problem solving. But working on [...]

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I am ‘mestiza’: embracing my Indigenous side

(Martinna Roldan / Emory Wheel) Ecuadorians underwent a national census back in 2010, and one of the questions involved self-identifying as one of the cultural ethnicities. Families were unveiling their family trees to determine their ethnic group. When it was my family’s turn, I annoyingly replied “mestiza,” a term from colonial times describing the racial [...]

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Identity fission: reconciling the Chinese and the American in me

(Sophia Ling / Emory Wheel) When my favorite Chinese reality show, Happy Camp, skipped an episode in August, I started reading uncensored rumors of the Chinese media crackdown, watching famous celebrities disappear from the public eye due to their outspokenness. Two months later, Happy Camp vanished. Happy Camp has been one of the longest running [...]

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Embrace your traumas for the empathic person who emerges

(OpenVerse/moonjazz) I remember vividly two of the worst events of my life. Both irrevocably shaped how I perceived myself and interacted with the world. I became riddled with self doubt and the irking sensation that life wasn’t worth living. In earnest,  I wish to underscore that nearly everyone endures trauma, disappointment, rejection, bullying and so [...]

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