The Minnesota Daily

All content by Quynh Nguyen

Fashion’s about fun, not elitism

November 1, 2009

IâÄôm tired of the revolving door of snarky fashion columnists in The Minnesota Daily. âÄúIf you want to get snapped on the street for Fashionista, avoid wearing the following:âÄù...

Healing after the war

April 2, 2008

I remember when I read headlines that the United States had finally invaded Iraq. The color drained from my face as I picked up the paper and read the terrible news. My conservative roommate at the time...

Cleaning up the Internet

March 12, 2008

My biggest pet peeve with the Internet is the sheer amount of clutter I run into. And no, I am not talking about ads, spam, pop-up windows or slow-loading WebVista pages. The worst clutter on the Internet...

Ethnicity and the interracial relationship

February 13, 2008

Last week a classmate of mine, Vinh Truong, asked me if my significant other was a white guy. I said yes. It was a funny question but I could see why he asked it. Vinh and I share a common ethnic background...

Giving teachers respect

December 12, 2007

Not surprisingly, a lot of instructors liked my column on bored and apathetic students, and a lot of students hated it. I admit, I painted Sudoku students with a broad brush. There are some really nice...

Bored and apathetic students bother me

November 28, 2007

As a student who actually pays attention in class, I am increasingly annoyed with those Sudoku-ing, nose-picking, text-messaging or napping students in the back of class. These are the same students who...

Being a recent-American

November 21, 2007

My mother, father and older siblings were all born in Vietnam and fled our homeland to the safety of U.S. soil. They were running away from mass murder, starvation and a Communist regime hell-bent on crushing...

Geek culture needs an upgrade

November 14, 2007

Geek guys are a paradox, especially when it comes to interactions with women. They claim to respect women better than "jocks" do, but have no problems with playing games that victimize women. Geek guys...

College gets better with age

November 7, 2007

For many, going to college fails to help us find out what we really want to do in life. After a couple of years of searching for one's point in coming to college, many of us give up, tune out and go through...

Hope for the helplessly depressed

October 31, 2007

We've all had a depressed friend who seemed to choose poor options that fed their unhappiness. You know, the friend who chooses bad people to have relationships with or the one who medicates their pain...

United States fails to tackle health care

October 24, 2007

The President's veto on the SCHIP bill and the 13 Republican Congressfolks who supported it are all cowards. Pure and simple cowards. Under SCHIP, states have been able to provide health-care for children...

Pregnancy scare, enough said

October 17, 2007

There's this stigma about unintended pregnancy, as if anyone who has one is hedonistic, too stupid to use birth control and will spawn more stupid people like them. It brings to mind Sarah Silverman's...

Why nursing school?

October 10, 2007

When I was applying to nursing school, I was often asked: Why nursing school? Why not go to med school and become a doctor? Every time someone asked me that question I would have a mealy-mouthed answer...

A financial diet that works

October 3, 2007

Going on a financial diet is much like going on a food diet. It starts with a lengthy assessment in the mirror or monthly statement, a depressed sigh and motivation to get out of that mess. And, like a...

Learning how to respect and fear credit

September 26, 2007

When you receive a credit card offer, look at the offer like you would look at a scary man in a van offering you puppies and candy, if only you'd go inside. Credit cards are useful, but in the end, guess...

Patience for ‘the ignorant’

September 19, 2007

Last week, I published a column titled, "Disability: A social construct." I received responses from all over the nation, from people with various disabilities. Many appreciated the message delivered about...

Disability: A social construct

September 12, 2007

No one ever calls himself or herself racist, bigoted, small-minded or ignorant. Those are titles you give to others while looking into their narrow perspective and sighing at their lack of understanding...

Picking a mate is like picking a president

May 2, 2007

In Hollywood, the most successful actors have been the ones that the public would love to get in bed with. Brad Pitt isn't just sexy; he's suave, entertaining and very compelling as an actor. Hence, he...

Local vs. online and big-box retailers

April 18, 2007

I remember my first semester in college, when I foolishly bought all my books from the bookstore and felt the burn in my wallet. I wised up and started buying my books online, disgusted at the markup on...

The divide between Macs and PCs

April 4, 2007

It took me long enough, but I now feel sorry for personal computer users. I used to be a PC user and had a token Macintosh friend who would always rant how awesome Macs are. He wouldn't be loud or obnoxious...

Why the Nintendo Wii is Wiining

March 21, 2007

Video game console wars are not unlike the battle between two presidential candidates, and they come roughly about the same time - every four years with two primary candidates. Four years ago, the PlayStation...

Don’t hate the player or the game

February 28, 2007

Gamers. We're pathetic, fat, socially inept and spend way too much time gaming in spite of how unhealthy it is. The guest column "Gaming for Health" published in the Daily on Feb. 26, 2007, gives one good...

One ring to rule them all

February 14, 2007

I'm 23 years old, so whenever I meet with my girlfriends from high school, we kind of end up at the same topic: what our ideal guy/engagement ring/wedding would be. And if we've already found our ideal...

Research and policy do not meet

January 31, 2007

Is spanking evil? Some parents do without, some swear by it, and others feel that it's a choice best left to parents. For many non-parents who are sick of seeing crying babies in airplanes or restaurants,...

Young women, beware of what awaits

January 17, 2007

Sexual harassment is harder to talk about than sexuality, mostly because of how others react to the topic. Most respond with a blank stare, unsure of how to react. For the fellow women who graduated college...

Feminism meets cultures

November 30, 2006

I'm a first generation Vietnamese-American woman. So that means I get some odd questions and comments from time to time, like "Asian women are so hot because they're subservient," "Vietnamese people are...

The media prophet and its monthly ‘cure’

November 9, 2006

One thing of the things I hate most is misrepresentation of scientific research in the media. If you are a big Google News fan, you might have seen the medical study on red wine extract that extended the...

The reality of water consumption

October 26, 2006

I don't think there's anyone who identifies him- or herself as a water-waster. For the most part, people try to keep their tooth-brushing short, their dishwashing brief and the number of times they flush...

When personal choice becomes a public health problem

October 12, 2006

The '80s generation is the first to be raised in a commercially and materialistically saturated environment, glutted with television and artificial foods. Our generation is the first to see the decline...