Allen Mark Aranas

Writer, Content Creator

A San Francisco Bay Area writer currently doing it for free after a career switch from small-business owning with my family.

I write what I know and love: music, basketball, social justice, literature.




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On the Relationship Among Sports, Fandom, and Morality

It’s days like this that remind me that it can be tough being a sports fan. (Not necessarily tough in the sense of a societal or systemic struggle, but tough like first world...

Hyphen Magazine

Pokémon Go: The Vessel of Asian American Nostalgia

A starry-eyed 10 year old travels down a dirt path, fresh new baseball cap on and electronic device in hand. Suddenly a rustle in the bushes alerts the child, bringing forth a...

Allen Mark

Hubris: Watching the Rise and Fall of the 2016 Warriors

How does one cope with having everything except for what supposedly matters the most?

Allen Mark

Being the Younger, "Less Successful" Child

Last week I spent four days in Minneapolis (again) to attend my sister's commencement over at the University of Minnesota. Oh yeah, so my sister got her PhD. And that is...

The Culture Trip


Allen Mark Aranas | The Culture Trip Contributor Page

Bay Area born and raised, Allen Mark formed a passion for writing while earning an English Literature degree at UC Santa Cruz. If you ever want to talk about basketball, music,...

The Culture Trip

Spotlight On Oakland's Cat Town Café

In 1998, Cat Flower Garden, the world's first ever cat café, opened in Taipei, Taiwan. Since then, cat cafés have opened all across Asia and Europe, and now almost two decades...

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10 Delicious Restaurants In San Mateo

San Mateo sits right at the middle of the Peninsula, granting easy access to both San Francisco and the South Bay. While driving up and down Highway 101, the city is easily...

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The 10 Best South Bay Coffee Shops

Caffeine has become such a necessity in life, especially in the always working, fast-paced tech world that is Silicon Valley. Sometimes, though, coffee is best enjoyed sitting...

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The Top 10 Bars In Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz is a city that is still figuring out how to balance its small town identity with the constant flow of college students. In spite of this, there's always one place...



N°6 - Our 2016 NBA Awards | Three In The Key

It's that time of the year folks! Allen Mark and Mark give their picks on who should win the 2016 NBA Awards. Who will win Most Improved, Coach of the Year, Best Defensive, and...

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Warriors 2016 Regular Season

Three In The Key

3INK: Sidelines - Ep. 1 | Three In The Key

Welcome to the sideline reporting team for the "Three In The Key". Chuck was tired of not being fully in any of the 3INK shows so he started he own show within the show....

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