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Satvika Neti discusses identity at Saturday’s TEDx University of Pittsburgh event. (Photo courtesy of Ian Callahan)

Labels — even hyphenated ones — don’t tell the whole story

By Brian Gentry | Columnist April 3, 2018

After being introduced as a lover of the Constitution, Satvika Neti tripped onto the stage in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room Saturday afternoon, sporting a white “We the people” undershirt. Neti...

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

“What are you?”: Embracing a mixed-roots identity

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist November 13, 2017

I once asked my dad, out of curiosity, whether he put Caucasian, Asian or both on surveys that ask about his race. He paused for a bit and said he didn’t know. I asked if he identified with one more...

Kim Rooney (left) studied abroad in China this summer and visited the welfare center in Gaoyou. (Photo Courtesy of Kim Rooney)

Identity politics: finding my heritage in a hometown I never knew

By Kim Rooney | Contributing Editor August 28, 2017

When talking about adoption, people approach me with a delicate curiosity, like when enquiring about the sick or the dying. Apologies, whether for the assumption that my parents are my birth parents...

Madeline Barber writes for The Pitt News culture section. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

Being trans at Pitt: my story

As a child, I was a stereotypical boy. I played in the dirt, my favorite toys were my Tonka trucks and I loved to break things. I wasn’t interested in “girl” things like sewing or nail polish,...

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