Caught in the Crossfire: Witnessing “Political Correctness” at Yale

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  A couple of weeks ago, I found out by accident through a share on Facebook that I was part of a team at the New York Times Chinese website that won the 2017 SOPA Awards for Excellence in Lifestyle…

Walk, Wander and Wonder

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Are you a walker? Do you find yourself talking a walk in the woods, in a city park or garden, watching nature and losing yourself? Truth be told – I had never been a walker in a wandering, wondering way…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Cooking is My Therapy

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My dad never runs out of vocabularies describing the taste of a dish. He is such a food enthusiast who loves to eat and cook. When there was no internet in my childhood, he was a walking cookbook with many…

Maggie Shi

Maggie Shi

You can contact Maggie at maggie.shiqianqian@gmail.com.

How I Got Over My Jetlag?

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For as long as I have been traveling between Hong Kong and America since I was a teenager, jetlag was my biggest curse. It always hit me like a ton of bricks – in the middle of the afternoon, or…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Who Can Teach You About Life?

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Last week, I read David Brooks’s column “Mis-Educating the Young”  which opens with his lunch conversation with a former student, Lucy Fleming, a 20 something recent college graduate.  Brooks asks what she has learned in her first year out of…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Do You Still Stay in Touch with Former Colleagues?

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Last week, I visited Tokyo with two of my former colleagues whom I worked with for about 9 months in 2015 at a global public relations consultancy. Though all of us had left the company, we still keep in touch…

Lee Zhang, Shanghai

Lee Zhang

You can contact Li Zhang at zhangli0828@hotmail.com.

What travel means to me?

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After I decided to stay at Toronto for two more nights after my business trip, my husband threw me a question “What’s the meaning of travel?” He continued “Unlike people living in 50 years ago, people nowadays could just sit…

Maggie Shi

Maggie Shi

You can contact Maggie at maggie.shiqianqian@gmail.com.

What Makes You Strong?

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Everyone wants to be strong.   No one wants to suffer to become stronger. But life is a cycle of suffering, enduring and rebounding. ‘Either you have experienced adversity, or you are about to.” Daniel Gilbert, the author of “Stumbling…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Be American or Be Myself

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It is said that Spring Weekend is the most popular event at Brown. However, being the “most popular” event doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will enjoy it. One time, these concerts with endless music and relentless waves of excitement all…

Fang, Beijing

Fang Guo

Fang is a senior at Brown University. You can contact Fang Guo at fangguo331@gmail.com.

Lessons From a Chinese Massage Parlor

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If you want to understand Chinese culture, I suggest visiting a massage parlor in China. I’m not talking about the high-end SPAs that you find in a Hilton or a Sheraton. I’m talking about your neighborhood massage parlor, where a…

Zara Zhang

Zara Zhang

Zara Zhang is a senior at Harvard. You can contact her at zhang08@college.harvard.edu.

What weren’t you prepared for…?

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It nearly killed me that summer in Michigan. I had just turned 17.  Having arrived in America for the first time, I was feeling upbeat, confident and ready for anything.  After all, I had planned, prepared for and passed several…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

On the Road Again

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Every spring break international students travel all around the world. To California, Florida, Cancun, Puerto Rico, Japan, China, France, UK, on and on. For the city of Cancun, what does it mean to be occupied with luxury hotels, fancy international…

Shiqi Lin

Shiqi Lin

You can contact Shiqi Lin at linshiqi2017@gmail.com.