1.20.2019

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The Marie Kondo Books Debate Has Classist & Racist Undertones That Can't Be Ignored
The KonMari method has captivated, inspired, and upset U.S. audiences since the premiere of Netflix's Tidying Up. Some have noticed that much of the backlash has classist and racist undertones, and are deliberate misinterpretations of Kondo's approach to decluttering.

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Marie Kondo's brilliant interpreter is the unsung hero of the KonMari phenomenon
For the past three years, writer Marie Iida has been trailing tidying guru Marie Kondo and helping explain the philosophy of mindful decluttering for English speakers the world over. Her appearance as Kondo's sympathetic, self-effacing sidekick on the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is winning fans over.

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The MLK Speech We Need Today Is Not the One We Remember Most
Most people recognize Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, but his 1967 address, "Beyond Vietnam," is one with lessons we need to take with us today.

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We Found 81 Incidents Of Trump-Inspired Bullying That Happened Last School Year
BuzzFeed News has verified 27 more incidents of white students using Trump's words and slogans to bully classmates, bringing the total to 81. Will the bullying resume when kids go back to school?

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My Mother's Secrets
"Learning my mother's stories for the first time, I began to understand why so many of the refugees and migrants chose not to tell their children about their exodus from Shanghai."

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Cambodian Deportees Return to a 'Home' They've Never Known
America is deporting Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes. Did the U.S. have a responsibility to help them when they first arrived as refugees?

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Andrew Yang Wants to Be President -- and Give You $1,000 a Month
The automation revolution is coming for American jobs and this Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes a "Freedom Dividend" will help us cope with the fallout.

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I Make More Than My Immigrant Mom Ever Has. But I Can Never Repay Her.
Matt Ortile knows his mother gave up so much to give him a better life in America. He owes her -- and other immigrants -- so much.

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A Conceptual Gift Guide
By Karen Chee. Illustrated by Jonny Sun.

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A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing
Connie Lim, aka MILCK, originally co-wrote "Quiet" to help cope with her experience with sexual assault. It went viral after the 2016 election, and she taught her song to other singers to perform at the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

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Giving Up the Gaze: A Conversation with Sally Wen Mao
An interview with Sally Wen Mao, who recently released her collection of poems, Oculus. "To occupy this space, this body, is disorienting and at times disturbing, because you are never quite sure whose gaze truly sees you beyond the projections and assumptions and desires."