issue 13.3

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editor’s note by cecilia tran

Dear hb readers,

Our education is going down the drain along with our money, diversity, and safety. Fee hikes, budget cuts, and controversial changes to the 2012 admissions policies continue to be persistent issues. This semester has gotten even crazier across the UC campuses because we can now officially throw hate crimes and racist themed parties into the hodgepodge of “Things that are Screwed Up.” But where is our anger? Where is our passion for change?

Our campus is becoming more and more divided at a time when we should be building bridges to fght against something that is hurting every single one of us in some way. If it’s not the fnancial strain, it’s the downgrading of our education or the fear that we are not safe from being targeted for our race, religion, or sexual orientation. But then we look around and we see dance parties turn into riots flled with faming trash cans and mobs breaking windows. We want none of it. We want our degrees fast and we want out – the sooner the better. So we study, do our weekend thang, and keep on keeping.

I understand that we are tired and we are discouraged, but in times like this we must remember that complacency sucks. Complacency is what keeps the state, the administration, and the racist bigots thinking that it is alright to keep on tearing at the wounds of our social system. We need to think critically about the kind of world we are shaping. We must understand that by doing nothing, we are still shaping our future – but not for the better.

Marching from Berkeley to Oakland during the March Fourth strike was an experience that really shook that cloud of pessimism and resignation that had hung heavy over my head since the start of the semester. Somehow, with every mile, I felt more energized. I felt energized by the sense of solidarity and community as I marched alongside students, parents, workers, and teachers. Every step forward was a pledge for progress; for us, for each other, and for the future. It’s time to take that energy and channel it into long term actions and strategies. This is our school, our society, and our world – let’s reclaim it.

Here’s to getting loud and getting angry together,

cecilia tran, story editor

editor’s note by montague hung

Angry. bold. Intellectual. Rooted in Community. These are the values of hardboiled that, even at the end of my college years, I still hold dear to my heart.

hardboiled frst caught my eye through a small impassioned fier asking me if I wanted to learn about Asian American issues and join a publication. Why, yes I did! I loved writing, and was especially interested in learning about Asian American political issues, such as racism in housing and elections. But oh, how I learned so much more…

I never really realized how intricate Asian American issues were until I joined hb. See, the political issues that I was initially curious about were the ones marginally mentioned in the mainstream media. But what hb did was open my eyes to entirely new issues, things that were not mentioned in mainstream media at all. Like how our East Asian library received minimal support from the school and was only made possible through private donations. Or how the UC admissions policy was being revamped to curb the admissions offered to Asian Americans. These kind of issues aren’t really mentioned in the mainstream news. You have to really dig deep and scour for more information, because the truth isn’t always apparent. It almost sounds like a mystery novel, but that’s the reality. These problems just aren’t reported on, and in the spirit of hb, it spurred me to act. As an Asian American myself, I have a connection to the community, and I felt appalled at how Asian American voices in art, media, and education were so absent; and it’s not even as an Asian American, but as a person that I am indignant about the undercoverage of these issues.

So I made an effort to do something about it and really invested in hb, searching for new angles and alternative explanations for the way things are. I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve been inspired to keep trying to learn even more. Especially today, in times of budget cuts and economic hardships, so many issues are swept under the rug unnoticed. I hope you, the reader, will feel empowered by our publication to start (or continue) to think critically about the issues affecting our community. Sí se puede.

montague hung, story editor

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