A Taste of the Future of Education

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On the ninth floor overlooking the busy San Francisco downtown, everyone is working on Macs in open-plan stations. Books are stacked haphazardly in the common area, Post-it with ideas cover the whole wall, and conversation hums around the coffee bar…

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Why Did Yiming Come to America?

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A young woman from Harbin, China imagines and pursues a life of travel and adventure in America after an eye-opening trip to Beijing.

Are You Ready for Work?

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I talked and dined with a Harvard student, a new friend, last week about her career interests and job search after graduating this May. Among the numerous barriers that she has to overcome to secure a job interview in the…

Kickin’ It With Greek Yogurt

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One of my roommates in undergrad often used to say that people “go on kicks” for different types of food at different times. He once went on a steak kick, pan frying hefty t-bones once or twice a week. If…

My Long-term Love Affair with Poetry

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I have always wanted to become a poet. I don’t know when it all began, perhaps it was when I first heard the pretty lines of Li Bai recited to me as a part of my bedtime stories, or perhaps…

Capturing Someone’s Attention?

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What’s the most important currency anybody can give you? A compliment? A smile? A job? Or money? When you think about it, any of the above starts with someone paying attention – to you. “Attention is the most important currency…

When Chinese Is a Neighborhood Asset

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For a learner of Chinese, New York City is a fortuitous place to end up for a job. Especially the borough of Queens, where I currently call home. Within a quarter mile walk of my apartment, there are at least…

Mind Over Body?

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How often do you hear this mind-centric mantra “Mind Over Matter?” As this phrase implies, if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. But what if  it – is your body? Can your mind control your body? Can your mind tune…

Fuling: A Glimpse of Today’s China

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A few weeks ago, I wrote down a description for my newly established Facebook photo album, “River Town, Fuling”: Around 15 years ago, Peter Hessler published his first book ‘River Town,’ talking about the people, culture and life at Fuling…

My First Job

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On the first day of class, the small classroom was crowded with fresh faces, most of which I’ve never seen before. When the professor started his lecture, I sat in the corner and looked at the students—some looked curious and…

A Million Dollar Question

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On the eve of Chinese New Year of the Goat, I found myself challenged by a million dollar question in the least expected of places. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious…

Icy Winter Wonderland

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Every winter, I see the famous Snow and Ice Festival on my social media timeline from friends whom live in China. I am not one for crowded tourist attractions, and never quite feel the crowd is worth whatever amazing thing…