Let’s share immigrant stories as #MoreThanALabel

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I’m thrilled that America’s future social workers have asked me to join their campaign against immigrant discrimination. To stop the name-calling, abuse and violence, they are using a very 21st century weapon: the hashtag. #MoreThanALabel is the brainchild of social work graduate students at Simmons College. They want us to attach #MoreThanALabel¬† to anything we post on social media that …

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Pet peeve time: Are you first- or second-generation American?

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 46 Comments

I am SO ANNOYED. When will people get this straight??! If you’re an immigrant to this country, then you’re first generation. If your kids are born here, then they are second generation. Many people assume that being the American-born child of immigrants makes that child the first-generation American. But if that was true, then the folks who come here from …

Fight gun violence: Moms Demand Action march

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A new experience: For the first time ever, I carried a sign and participated in a march. It was liberating, necessary and — now that I know what marching feels like, it will certainly happen again. Why now? Guns. I’m heart-broken and furious about the killing going on in this country. Every day brings new headlines about the murder of …

How my students talk to me with Twitter

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Oh, those crazy kids! Twitter is taking off with my college students in surprising ways. They feel it’s fly to tweet. They have no twouble being coherent in 140-characters or less.¬† I truly believe tweeting is a twerrific 21st century skill, and not just for journalists. There’s something for everyone here. One summer, my daughter’s plane was late and I …

What unplugging taught me about love

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For the last three months, I experimented with unplugging from social media. My motivation was very practical. I walked into the down time holding an ambitious to-do list. But unplugging turned into a re-wiring of my entire life. This post is about how I lost and then, found love. To recap: On Aug. 22, I blogged about unplugging for a …