Author Archives: Matteo Wong

Uncontested; Unelected?

An unopposed candidacy might signify incredible popularity, and a margin of victory of 100 percent. It could also signify a lack of opposition, and of civic engagement. In the worst case, the election may be coerced. James Monroe was elected President of the United States by a margin of 228-1 in 1820; Kim Jong-un was

“Concerned Stuyvesant Alumni” Boycott Alumni Association Over Issues of Transparency

Concerned Stuyvesant Alumni (CSA), a forum of alumni, announced a boycott of the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association (SHSAA) during the SHSAA’s Annual General Meeting on May 3, to protest an alleged lack of transparency and accountability. The forum is calling on alumni to donate directly to the school instead of through the SHSAA. The

Unprecedented Presidents: Uncontested Tickets for Senior Caucus and Student Union

Student Union (SU) candidates Tahseen Chowdhury and Alexa Valentino and Senior Caucus candidates Pallab Saha and Abie Rohrig ran uncontested, perhaps out of respect or perhaps out of fear; both tickets wielded formidable experience and accolades. Pallab Saha and Abraham Rohrig — Senior Caucus “We took [running uncontested] as a sign that the Class of

Art by Vivian Lin

Stuyvesant: As Painted by the Asian Palette

“It gets me lonely, sometimes… If I say I’m Asian-American, it just eclipses what I really am.” Junior Minhein Htet, who immigrated from Myanmar, a small Southeast Asian country, at the age of eight; it’s hard to know without asking. On the surface, Htet appears “Asian”—one of 2,475 Stuyvesant students encompassed by five letters next

PCP: The Other Racist White Thing

The following was written and then cut from breitbart   The Racism of L’actose   Every day you walk into the lunchroom, wait on a long line, and get milk. But, for approximately 87.568% of people at Stuyvesant, this isn’t an option. Why? Because they’re l’actose intolerant. defines lactose intolerant as “unable to digest

Senior SING!

Senior SING!: Fairy Tales are Women’s Tales

Fairy tales are women’s tales: Sleeping Beauty rescued by the gallant Prince Charming, Snow White’s maternal impulse toward the dwarves, and Cinderella forced to scrub the floors. These stories used to put us to bed at night, teaching young girls that they should strive to become objects of male attention and teaching young boys that

Renzi’s Referendum

In less than 30 days, my mother, an Italian citizen residing in the United States, was abandoned by the two countries she calls home. A month after America elected a misogynist to the White House, the Italian citizenry voted “no” to a referendum attempting to reshape the Italian Constitution on December 4, leaving many feeling

A "model minority"
Art by Tina Lim

Stuyvesant: A Model of Model Minorities

My Asian-American friends are always proud to explain why they dominate Stuyvesant. “It’s the hard work our Asian parents make us do, that’s what makes us good at school.” Stuyvesant, with a predominantly Asian student body, represents the success of Asian immigrants in the United States. The Asian work ethic is on full display: smart,

The Dangers of White Activism

“What Chinese people need to do is speak up.” My friend, who is white, gives me a long, serious stare. He sees nothing wrong with his words. “I’ve been studying Mandarin for five years,” he continues. “I know what I’m saying.” But he doesn’t. He doesn’t understand that “speak up” implies that Chinese people are

New-Wave Clowns, early 21-st century
Photo by Ting Ting Chen


“Goblins, Wizards, Giants!” Just over a decade ago, in 2005, a group of clowns in Scotland erupted with joyous rebellion as they joined a G8 alternatives march. Police officers were at the scene, and as the rebel clowns collided with the officers, the opposing forces—gravity and playfulness, corporatism and freedom—leapt into each other’s arms in