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…

How a Mentor Matters in Transition

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Recently I’m reading a book (“The Collected Works of Shanchen Xia”) written by my friend Prof. Shanchen Xia, who is a senior Chinese professor in law. We met in January 2014 when he was speaking at an event about “Shanghai…

Special Something For Special Someone?

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Valentine’s Day was one of my most dreaded holidays for most of my single adult life. I dreaded that urgent sounding message on TV…“Have you found that special something for that special someone in your life?” I dreaded those commercialized…

Re-imagining and Re-constructing a Future

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I am a sophomore from China     studying Political Science     in America,   wandering and stuck in constant cultural and conceptual collisions. Every time I returned home, family and friends would ask me what I’m studying in college….

Are China’s Heavy Bookbags Weighing the Kids Down?

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It’s Chinese tradition to place very important values on education, so important that, usually, a child and his/her schoolwork become the center of the little universe known as family. Each member of the family does all he/she can to contribute…

Fake It Till You Make It?

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​What if I tell you that I’ve been faking it, making it and forging ahead? What would you think of me? Would you think I’m a fraud, a thief, unoriginal and unethical? Or might you say – wait, it depends. What…

(中文) Guanxi (关系) or Renqing (人情)?

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Last October I had the chance to work as an English-Chinese interpreter in Philadelphia for a group of 110 Executive MBA students from the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. They were on a two-week study tour in the US to…

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…