One in a Billion – A New Podcast

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Welcome to “One in a Billion” –  Coming next Sunday July 24th A 16 year-old girl from Hebei province decides to come to America after spending nine years at a Chinese army youth school. She is 21 years old now. A rising junior…

Sorry…Women only

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I first encountered the women-only subway section in Tokyo. Before going to Tokyo, I have heard many bizarre and alarming stories about sexual harassment occurring in both workplaces and public places such as the subway or bus, so I was…

How Are You?

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I still remember the day I arrived in this country. It was August 21, 2015. I will never forget it. The 25-hour flight didn’t wear me down or refrain me from being melodramatic. As soon as my feet touched the…

Making My Own Choice

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During the third week of my internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, our department organized a baby shower for a female economist who is going to give birth to her baby next month. Almost everyone in the research…

Why This Time Of Year Makes Me Think Ahead and Back?

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This year, the New England winter did not seem to end until the Yale underclassmen moved out. The good weather, of course, was reserved only for the commencement and the reunion weekends. Besides warm temperatures, the three weeks that follow…

A father’s love — like mountain, like water.

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Going abroad might be a carefree vacation for you, but to my family, it is a huge deal. My father will kowtow in front of the Bodhisattva and pray for my upcoming traveling a week before I leave, and my…

Are You Ready for Marriage?

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Recently, a 24-year-old Chinese girlfriend of mine complained that her parents are setting up 相亲 (“blind dates”) for her and making her attend even though she is reluctant. Usually, these single guys are introduced to her parents by their relatives,…

Why Chicken Soup is Not Enough?

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So now you have heard about resilience, then what? It’s that time of the year. The season of graduation, for new start, and of course, commencement addresses. From Sheryl Sandberg’s resilience story to Obama’s caution against ignorance, my social media…

Stranger in My Own Country

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Every time my plane lands in Beijing Capital International Airport, my anticipation of returning to my home country is replaced by a nervousness about how to practically navigate a country that I have not visited for a year. First, I…

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship is Relevant to a Liberal Arts Education

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“Startup” is perhaps the hottest word of 2015. While entrepreneurship classes have become the most popular classes at many universities and business schools, this is not the case at liberal arts colleges. The attitude is typically “we are a liberal…

A Globetrotter’s Baggage

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A small carry-on luggage and a backpack, that’s all I have brought for my semester in the UK and my summer in Shanghai. Because of my constant relocation in recent years, I have started to cut down my belongings. Globetrotting…

Are You Obsessed with Brands?

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“You’re still using iPhone 5s?” “Yes, and what is the problem with that?” “The iPhone is much cheaper in the U.S. than in China! You should’ve upgraded to the newest model the moment it came out!” I raised an eyebrow….