Author Archives: Andrew C.

About Andrew C.

I'm a grad student at UC Berkeley.

Queer Storytelling

Part I. Queer in Film International flights these days usually have seatback entertainment systems that allow you to watch movies to pass the time. Over the course of two trans-Atlantic flights last month, I watched eight movies, all of them … Continue reading

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Portugal

Saudações! Greetings from Portugal! As I write this, I’m sitting in a cafe near the bus terminal in Porto, a port city famous for its sweet wine. By late afternoon, I’ll be back in Lisbon, the capital city, for one … Continue reading

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Ballot Party

Last week, California held its primary elections for the upcoming midterm elections, in which we’ll vote in important new members of our government such as governor, state senator, and state assembly members. A few days before, I helped organize an … Continue reading

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Google Duplex and the Gendering of Robots

You may have heard the news buzzing in the tech world recently: Google recently announced Google Duplex, an artificial intelligence technology “for conducting natural conversations to carry out ‘real world’ tasks over the phone”. I highly recommend that you click … Continue reading

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Bilingual Assumptions

Last week, I sent my dissertation committee the first draft of a chapter of my baby (aka my dissertation). Milestone passed! Well, actually, they have to approve it first, and then I’ll pass the milestone. And there’s no guarantee that … Continue reading

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Closed Doors with no Closed Captions

Closed captioning/subtitles for Facebook videos and movies are an all-around good idea. Yesterday, I was on a seven-hour cross-country flight, and as usual, I looked forward to watching a few movies to pass the time. Unfortunately, I’d forgotten my earphones, … Continue reading

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Queerness in Linguistics (Who gets to study us? Part 2)

About one month ago, I wrote about some of the small frustrations that I encounter when I talk about my linguistics research. I described how it’s awkward at best (and demeaning at worst) when people make assumptions about my race … Continue reading

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