The Journey of Friendship

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Nowadays, as I have deep conversations with different friends, one topic we always encounter is friendship with other friends. Starting with the cheerful memories in childhood, we often end up with lamenting how far we are now from our old…

Coming to America: Lessons I Learned

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“What is your plan after graduation?” People often asked while I was studying at Syracuse University. “Working in the editorial section with a New York-based company, understand the industry, and polish myself. Eventually I’d like to go back to China…

More Than a Second Language

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“English is not my second language – it is a dream came true.” This was the last sentence of my college application essay. Today, after spending more than a year at Harvard, I still think my love affair with the…

Leader or Hero?

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Do you admire leaders or heroes? Do you aspire to become a leader or hero? What’s the difference? Why should you care? Personally, I had never aspired to be either until I arrived at Harvard – first time as a…

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…