Dreamers are Here to Stay

March beside Dreamers in your cities as they hold onto banners, support local businesses owned by undocumented families, and uplift their voices as they speak about their lives. The Trump administration will continue in its efforts to end DACA and other similar programs, but until then, Dreamers are here to stay.

By Paulina Morales

Teens VS Covid-19

As today’s period of self-isolation progresses on, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves mentally and physically – especially teens. One in every five teenagers suffers from mental illness, and with Covid-19, the numbers have only risen. In March, the Disaster Distress Hotline experienced an 891% spike in calls. This drastic increase further goes to show how difficult this situation is. The stress and anxiety that comes with Covid-19, severe unemployment rates, and the struggles of quarantine end up leaving people feeling worse.

INERTIA. An Original Poem by Sophie Guo.

“Inertia” is a poem I wrote that talks about the awkwardness of a relationship when both partners are afraid to have the important conversations they must have. It’s about experiencing the early stages of love from an introvert’s perspective and not being ready to handle the vulnerabilities that come with a relationship. It’s about remaining silent, even when the world is crashing down around you, because you’re ultimately more terrified of being heard.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Reelection and its Potential Effect on Young Voters.

In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress. With 28 years-old AOC defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley, 56, with more than 57 percent of the vote, with almost all precincts reporting. Ocasio-Cortez was running for the first time with a strong presence in social media. The champion of the working class was not the usual political candidate. After an unexpected win in the Democratic primary, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez won her race in the November election for New York’s 14th Congressional District with 78 percent of the vote. […]

Zenerations is a collection of stories centered around people in Generation Z, showcasing our talents, achievements, thoughts, lifestyles, and experiences. We aim to establish a sense of community, diversity, and positivity. Ranging from articles on Gen Z life, art, music, photography, politics, school, pop culture, and interviews with accomplished teens, Zenerations has something for everyone.

How America Is(n’t) Handling COVID-19 in Prison

Last month, June of 2020, late-night comedian John Oliver delivered a story discussing the treatment of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak on his adult-oriented HBO talk show Last Week Tonight. Oliver is famous for his segments on various topics, ranging from serious to comedic, examples being net neutrality, multilevel marketing, sex education, the opioid epidemic, family separation, and multiple foreign elections. Coining the term the “John Oliver effect”, he has had a hand in pushing for multiple changes in legislation, regulation, and culture in America. Most notably, he pushed for the FCC to adopt net neutrality regulations. Last Week Tonight has an immense audience, with it bringing in over one million viewers on its first episode covering the coronavirus. Now, Oliver has done 9 separate episodes on the coronavirus (as of July 11, 2020) and the effects the virus has had on various facets of the world, including evictions, testing, sports, and the focus of this article, how America is handling the virus in its jails and prisons. […]

The Hype: How Teens are Rising to TikTok Stardom

In November 2017, the Chinese company ByteDance bought Musical.ly—a popular social media app that allowed users to create and upload fifteen-second-long lip-syncing videos. Less than a year later, in August of 2018, ByteDance absorbed Musical.ly into its own app, which they renamed TikTok. Despite its somewhat tumultuous start, TikTok’s popularity quickly began to rise. With the demise of Vine’s seven-second-long comedy videos in 2017—and the promised “Vine 2” seeming far off—TikTok became a new video-making haven for the displaced users of both Vine and Musical.ly. This, in a way, allowed the app to become more multifaceted than both of its predecessors: it gave all users the opportunity to become popular, whether they were creating Musical.ly-era lip-syncing videos, Vine-esque comedy skits, or even branching off into genres that hadn’t been prominent on either app, such as cosplay. […]
Written by: Alli Lowe

The Impact of A Social Movement

Over the past decades, there have been many important social movements that brought us a progressing society, fighting against injustices and demanding change from people with power. The Civil Rights movement, to begin with, was led by Black Americans, demanding social justice and equal rights under federal law, and culminated with the Civil Rights Act 1964. Behind every social movement, stands an individual persevering for change. Brenda Howard, known as the “mother of Pride,” led the first-ever Pride Parade in 1970, establishing a huge milestone in fighting for LGBTQ rights. Lastly, The Women’s March (1913-), aimed to advocate for women’s rights in voting and voicing out, gender equality, abortion rights, etc, that carries great significance to female leaders of the world. […]

The Importance of Bicultural Representation

Facing whispering and expressions of confusion as I ate my dried seaweed whilst everyone else ate their salt and vinegar crisps during school lunch times, I was subconsciously exploring and learning to balance my Chinese and English culture from a young age. Throughout my childhood, I rejected my culture at home and spoke only English. What can make stability and confidence in bicultural identity particularly difficult is the encouragement from parents/guardians that we should do everything we can to fully integrate into our surroundings. As a result, this often means neglecting our ethnic cultures and focusing on the Western ones
we’re more often exposed to at school. As a young girl going into my teenage years, figuring out which parts of my Chinese and British culture I wanted to celebrate was overwhelming. I felt too different in a country I was born in whilst unable to identify fully with the culture I was born from. […]

Individualism vs. Collectivism in a Global Pandemic

There are currently over 13 million cases of coronavirus globally. The unprecedented pandemic has forced cities into lockdown, and caused an economic recession that is unparalleled in history. After months of lockdown and restrictions on movement, several cities are starting to reopen as cases begin to decline. But it seems that people are forgetting that the coronavirus is still a reality, and that many countries are already starting to experience second waves. Examples of such countries include Singapore, Iran, Germany and South Korea. People are demanding that governments should lift lockdown restrictions and are advocating for their freedom and human rights. Should governments listen? Is it right for people to be protesting for their freedom at this time? In my opinion, we should be worrying more about public safety instead of individual preferences […]