A Fantasy World of Chinese Historical Dramas

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Recently in my Political Science class, we were inspired to start a journey imagining the whole Asia a century ago by reading a book, From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia. My…

Sleepless Over Phablet?

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Why are Chinese people so crazy for the new iPhone? Last month with the launch of the new iPhone (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus), many Chinese people started purchasing them quite crazily again in other countries like Japan and…

Protest on Campus

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Fall sends its message with splashes of red, yellow, orange and green. However, the idyllic Colgate campus has been disrupted by hundreds of students who held a sit-in for three straight days. The movement, called #Canyouhearusnow was to demonstrate against…

The Miracle Of A Late Bloomer

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Are you a late bloomer? We all want to bloom and blossom, but we don’t always have control over when. Late bloomers are generally accepted and often embraced with compassion in the American culture and society. But not as much…

Ordinary Life

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It was a rather ordinary day here in Shanghai. I struggled out of bed at 6am and went to work. It was the 2nd week in a row of beautiful weather, so I took note of the clear Shanghai skyline from…

Can I Raise Asian Kids in America?

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My wife, born in Taiwan, and I have talked about kids, including the possibility of adopting a child of Chinese descent. While reading Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity by Matthew Salesses, I was regularly shocked…

Do We Have to Speak Mandarin?

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Preface: About 30 percent of China’s 1.3 billion population, 400 million people, can’t communicate in Mandarin, according to the State Language Commission, and the Chinese government is worried. Brown University sophomore Fang has this to say. As a person who was…

“400 million Chinese can’t communicate in Mandarin” Are You Worried?

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Preface: About 30 percent of China’s 1.3 billion population, 400 million people, can’t communicate in Mandarin, according to the State Language Commission, and the Chinese government is worried. Cornell University sophomore Sichun has this to say. As a person who grew…

What Would Mom Say…?

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October 10th – last Friday was my mother’s birthday. It’s been more than fifteen years since mom had migrated to heaven – as dad would say. But every day- her face, her words, her wishes still find a way to…

Be Confident and Be Yourself

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The phenomenon that most Chinese students are “invisible compared to Americans or students from other foreign countries other than China” has been more frequently observed and concerned as the population of Chinese international students in American colleges is rocketing in…

The Dilemma of Names

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“Hey Q, how is it going?” I do not know since when this monosyllabic letter became the symbol of me. I even experience the cocktail party effect, which describes the case when people can hear their names in others’ conversation….

How Not to Say ‘Hi’ to a Stranger

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In June this year I made a trip to China and Taiwan, the former for work and the latter to visit friends and family with my wife. On my last day in Taiwan, I took the high-speed rail—oh, America, you…