The Bay Divided

Grimy vs. classy. Grit vs. finesse. Town vs. city. These are just a few of the labels that have been associated with the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Ever since the merge of the American and National Football leagues in 1970s, the Raiders and Niners have been locked in a rivalry that has expanded beyond the football field. Ask one fanbase about the other and you might hear a fair share of derogatory terms. How is it that two teams, who belong in different conferences and have never met in a postseason game, have such hatred for one another? What are the underlying themes that have fueled this long Bay Area feud? Continue reading The Bay Divided

The Sinking City

Picture this: You’re in a plane, coming back to San Francisco from a long trip. The plane lands at SFO and creates a huge tidal wave splash, equivalent to ten water log rides. As dramatic and absurd as this scenario sounds, unfortunately this is now a possibility in our near future. Scientists have predicted that SFO, along with many homes in the Bay Area, are at high risk to be flooded with seawater by the year 2100. Continue reading The Sinking City

Mental Illness in The Black Community

For some, the daily experience of life isn’t exactly grand. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that roughly one-fifth of people in the United States experience some kind of mental illness annually. Add in the stress of class disparities and racial tensions and things can seem pretty bleak for people of color. According to the NIMH, black Americans in particular are about twenty percent more likely to be affected by some sort of mental illness compared to other ethnicities. Continue reading Mental Illness in The Black Community

Living with Dyslexia

Contrary to popular belief, dyslexia is not a disability that affects people only in their youth. Dyslexia, a cognitive disability, remains with people all their lives. The brain ages and changes just like the rest of our bodies, therefore the disability also morphs and develops with time. Dyslexia occurs in at least one in ten people. It is estimated 700 million children and adults worldwide have this disability, but only twenty percent know they do. Because this disability had little to no actual awareness until 1993 when it was finally recognized as a disability, so many people still remain undiagnosed to this day. Continue reading Living with Dyslexia