How I See Race As a Multiracial Kid

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love…

A Perfect Vacation

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Rome! Two weeks ago, our first stop in this five-day fantasy-fueled real-life attempt to reenact the American movie classics Roman Holiday was Castel Gandolfo.  Also known as the Papal Summer Palace about an hour’s drive from Rome, this is where the…

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When Harvard Becomes “Ha Fu”

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In this opinion piece for Harvard Magazine, author Zara Zhang explains how Harvard came into fame in China. Why do so many Chinese students and parents aspire to studying there? How do the admission criteria in Chinese universities differ from…

A Piece of America I’ve Come to Know

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As the harp started to hymn, the violin danced, and the flute sang, women in primitive long dresses and men in checkered shirts moved in a circle. Holding hands, they swirled, twisted and sprang their limbs in dazzling but unanimous…

Why You Should Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

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Living in China made me comfortable with living in a constant state of discomfort. In Beijing, the air quality was so poor, the simple act of breathing was a daily challenge. In Sichuan, there’d be dialects, slang and humor that…

5 “MUST-SEE” Movies about New York

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“If you love someone, send him to New York, for it is heaven. If you hate someone, send him to New York, for it is hell,” wrote Cao Guilin, author of the Chinese novel “A Native of Beijing in New…

Is There a Right Place to Meet People and Make Friends?

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“Don’t talk to strangers”, “Be careful of people who approach you on streets”…. and so it goes on, the list of proverbial sayings and what our parents used to always tell us when we were kids. Of course, there are…

How My Life Changed Drastically in the Past One Year

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It’s wild to think how drastically life can change in only a year’s time. Last July, I was roaming around Australia, having just completed my Master’s, and anxiously applying for jobs. A phone call out of the blue one sunny…

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Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Chuanr

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It may sound odd, but when I finally packed my suitcase and bought my one-way ticket to move to Beijing, the first thing I wanted to do was plop down on a tiny stool by a dirty road and eat…

So I’ve Graduated, Now What?

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I still cannot believe graduation has already come and gone! May 2015 always seemed so faraway, from Day 1 Orientation till the last finals week just two months ago. It was until my diploma arrived in hard copy that I…

Becoming Independent

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On Independence Day in 2000, I was sworn in as an American citizen in New York. It was a historic euphoric day for me. But I would be lying if I didn’t tell you – it was also painful. Looking…

Post CFA Freedom

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This article first appeared on WanderlustWendy.com. After 4 months, and 315 hours of studying (yes, I logged it), I sat for the CFA level I exam last Saturday. Freedom has never tasted so good. I arrived at the Shanghai Expo center…