Author: Chhavi Mehra

Unravelling the Mysterious Truths of Shane Brookman

Reading Time: 5 minutesSeattle-based Chhavi profiles Shane Brookman, a 38-year-old student at South Seattle College, talking about his experiences from being a high-school dropout to now continuing and completing his Associate’s of Arts degree in Materials Science Engineering. A musician, he was the former Student Body President. Read more about his search for identity, in the weekly column, […]

Battle of Inclusiveness and Privacy

Reading Time: 7 minutesSeattle-based Chhavi analyses an Op-Ed piece, published in the New York Times, on October 15, 2016. She, thus, unveils the identity issue of a transgender girl, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Judith Shulevitz’s article, ‘Is it Time to Desegregate the Sexes?’, was published in the New York Times on October 15th, 2016. […]

The Communication of Identity

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe tend to unconsciously construct identities of ourselves but also form identities of other groups who we identify as different from through communication, based on stereotypes. These stereotypes or prejudices act as barriers towards successful intercultural communication. Seattle-based Chhavi examines the communication of identity issues, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Culture is […]

How Media Constructs Identities and Influences us

Reading Time: 5 minutes  Media uses language to construct public perception through style, structure, and images. It also presents an implicitly biased perspective to a wide audience on certain issues and sometimes, defend its position in the name of protecting the rights and responsibilities of its citizens on grounds of neutrality, balance, and objectivity. For example, Black men […]

Language is Power

Reading Time: 5 minutesJust like privilege, language structures the interactions in such a way that it increases our chances of having things our own way and lays down ‘scripts’ consisting of cultural rules that use language to direct who does what and sketches out the predictable series of events in the communicational episode. If violated, these can result […]

International Students and their Financial Challenges in the US

Reading Time: 8 minutesAccording to the Institute of International Education, over one million international students enrolled in American institutions in the year 2015-2016 (International Students). International students face acculturation issues such as culture shock, social challenges, and competitive academics when getting accustomed to a new country and a new academic environment. International students in American institutions bring financial […]

Sex Addiction in Women furthers Patriarchy; Compassion leads to Empowerment

Reading Time: 6 minutesSex addiction is often viewed as an attachment or intimacy disorder. This paper examines sex addiction from a psycho-social perspective. The review includes current research from two major studies. One conducted by Robert Weiss (2016) that focuses on how sex addiction can be developed through trauma and the other by Rob Jackson (2004) that focuses […]