Sherina Ong

Writer + Radio Producer + Journalist

Location icon United States of America

Lover of the extraordinary and ridiculous. Wordsmith and culture dissector. Ever-curious.

Contact: [email protected]



With Good Reason Radio
Allergy Season [AUDIO]

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts are making life miserable for millions. Lawrence Schwartz explains why our bodies over-react to these seemingly benign substances. Schwartz was a recipient of the 2016 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

With Good Reason Radio
Food Fad Myths - What is Gluten? [AUDIO]

With so many nutrition studies contradicting each other, it’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to food and health. As a result, fad diets rooted in myths have proliferated over the ages.

Freelance Journalism

C-VILLE Weekly
Locals come together to discuss gender and women's empowerment - C-VILLE Weekly

Say you're a woman walking alone down a street and you hear the all-too-familiar sound of a man's catcall. What do you do? What should you do? These were some of the questions raised during April's meeting of The Stoop, a monthly get-together where anybody with an open mind and open ear can come to talk about important issues in a friendly, respectful setting.

C-VILLE Weekly
Follow the beat of a drum while blindfolded

It’s pitch-black, you’re blindfolded in the middle of the woods and you have nothing but the sound of a beating drum to guide you back to camp. Anything could happen—you could trip over a fallen tree, tumble into thorny bushes or even irk some copperheads nesting underneath a pile of leaves. You’re terrified at first, but you decide to embrace the challenge. You overcome your fear and take your first step…

Young Fil-Am shares life as undocumented immigrant on TedTalks

Young Fil-Am Akiko Aspillaga shares her life story as a young undocumented immigrant. 'Imagine missing home, but never knowing when you can ever return.' The following story was produced by NextDayBetter. Rappler's#BalikBayan is publishing this story as part of a series on US immigration reform.

Eddie Angeles: From poor immigrant to Obama appointee

Eddie Angeles tells his story about migrating to the US from the Philippines, growing up in poverty and becoming an appointee of the Obama administration The following story was produced by NextDayBetter and the law offices of Guerrero Yee LLP Rappler's #BalikBayan is publishing these stories as part of their series on US immigration reform.

Everyday Feminism

Everyday Feminism
4 Reasons Why the Lack of Asian Americans in Hollywood Is Completely Absurd

Through my TV, I watched nice white families eat meals together and nice white couples fall in love. I watched white winners overcome all obstacles and become the best at everything imaginable - boxing champions, superheroes, mathematicians, and kings. Heck, they even made the best samurai and kung fu masters.

Everyday Feminism
4 Ways Colonialism Affects the Everyday Lives of Filipino Americans

I love my brown skin. I love the way it glows during the summer, the way it becomes deeper, more expressive. But sometimes, during those late days of August, after an entire season of basking outside in the sun, I'll catch myself in the mirror.


I am not white on the inside, yellow on the outside. I'm what you call an Asian American.

When I was a kid I wanted to be white. I wanted to be blonde and blue-eyed just like my favorite American Girl doll, Kirsten. Back then, there were no Asian American Girl dolls for me to dress up and take on imaginary adventures (and technically there still aren't since Ivy Ling, introduced as Asian sidekick to white blonde Julie Albright, was discontinued in 2014).

SPAM: A story of love and hate

'SPAM is a symbol of love and hate, rich and poor. It's a symbol of America's colonial expansion into Asia and the Pacific' For many Filipinos, there's nothing like the sound of sizzling SPAM on a hot frying pan just before brunch.

4 common micro-aggressions against Asian Americans

Micro-aggression: 'Everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned people who are unaware of the hidden messages being sent to them.' VIRGINIA, USA - "Where do you come from?!" a little girl confusedly asked me one day in the middle of class.

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