All essays are written by A.Y. Siu unless noted otherwise.
The Paradox of Nonconformity: How to balance inspiring struggle with appropriate resignation.
More likely to die how?:
Why I prefer cars to planes.
Mac OS X v. Windows XP:
Why Macintosh computers suck.
Linux v. Windows:
What Linux has to do to overthrow Windows.
The Whining Rich:
The truth about welfare mothers and the "comforts" of prison.
How I Became a Comic Book Geek:
Confessions of a sequential art aficionado.
Ode to Low-Paying Jobs:
Confessions of an ex-teacher who left teaching for an even lower-paying job.
The truth about "double standards."
Fictional De-Sensitization towards Violence:
What are the real effects of war toys and television violence?
Only Temporary Band-aids: Affirmative Action and Extended Time Testing:
Real problems need real solutions, but solutions shouldn't be indefinite.
The Power of Prayer: An honest exploration of the mysterious phenomenon. Is it an illusion to comfort the naive victims of blind faith, or is it the key to miracles and a relationship with God?
The Slut/Stud Double Standard: Everyone knows about it, but how do we break it? The key is in moving beyond semantics.
The Scary Charismatic Movement: The nineties and early 2000s saw the resurgence of a strong Charismatic movement among Evangelicals. This is what scares me about it.
What I Remember from High School:
Some people say they don't remember anything from high school. This is what I remember.
Are We All Oppressed?:
How to identify problems without resorting to a victim mentality.
The Pledge Under God:
Sure, the phrase 'under God' doesn't belong in the Pledge, but what's the big fuss about?
Why Teach English? : Finding purpose in being a high school English teacher.
Fighting Gender Role Boundaries: Concrete actions you can take not to reinforce gender roles.
Missionary Dating: There's something seriously wrong with 'missionary dating,' but it's not what you usually hear.
Why I'm a Pro-Choice Christian: Most Christians believe abortion is morally 'wrong,' but why should it be illegal?
Secular Music Edifies Me: Should Christians listen to secular music? Is there a difference between being in the world and being of the world?
"Subversive" Saved!?: The new movie Saved! is not subversive in any way.
Individual Choice: Many of the choices people say are "individual" have large sociological significance.
Bad Journalism: A lot of "news" is just misleading reports of ho-hum happenings.
Gmail and Privacy: What's the big hoopla? Do any email providers really offer privacy?
Distracting Dress Codes: Which is worse--the dress or the dress code?
My Life with MP3s: The profile of a music downloader.
A Christian Perspective on "Homosexuality": Should Christians support gay marriage? Here are some reasons they might want to.
Antifeminism: A dissection of the logical fallacies of anti-feminist author Peter Zohrab.
Christian Living: A long document about various issues pertaining to Christian living.
Some Casual Critical Theory on Conventional Wisdom: A treatise on the assumptions we can and can't make about what others believe and why.
Some Guidelines for Effective Change: Simple rules few will ever follow.
An Attitude of Appeasement: What's wrong with Hollywood's version of political correctness.
Mother Nurture: Trying to add some perspective, ambiguity, and complexity to a usually polarized ("nature v. nurture") debate.
People of Color should be more than just useful: Does every civil rights leader have to bring about legislation?
Race Relations: Is Progress Impossible?: Some people don't acknowledge it, but there are still race problems. Can we fix them?
Reflections on Teaching: Want to be a teacher? Want to inspire students? Read this first.
Myths about what schools need: Politicians rarely have any clue when they talk about leaving no child behind or raising academic standards.
Social Education: Do scare tactics keep people away from drugs, alchohol, and teen sex?
Love & Marriage
Letters from reputable publications
Celibacy: Why Christians should not seek out marriages, even if they eventually end up married.
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