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Discovering Ourselves

There’s this one question that’s been brought up in many conversations I’ve had over the past few months, and it always goes something like this: “What do you want to do after college?” I’m always taken aback by this question, partly because it’s often brought out of thin air when...

Growing Up Guangzhou

Before I started elementary school, I used to spend half of my life in China. My family and I lived in Guangzhou for six months out of the year to spend time with our extended family there, and the city felt like home—not even a second home, just another home,...

Red

Yang puffs out smoke as Lee grabs Kim’s shoulders, his hands grasping more firmly and shaking him as his voice trembles with bile. He stresses every syllable of his words: “For God’s sake, why are you so headstrong?” Smoke dances in the air and wreaths into the cold indigo sky....

Glimpses of Tokyo

The plane ride from Hong Kong was a mere four hours, but I was still a bit groggy from my nap during the flight. We walked through the airport, through the streets, and somehow, led by trusty Google Maps, arrived at the train station. It took us about 20 minutes...

Breathe (but not too deeply)

Summer, 1983. You’re wandering the blissfully lush hills of Bergamo alongside your newest fling, a foreign scholar who has whisked you off your feet. The ethereal voice of Sufjan Stevens resounds over everything in sight. You breathe in the most invigorating breath of mountain air that cleanses all bodily impurities...

Japanese Ramen

When we think of ramen, we often think of the instant kind: quick, unhealthy, and perfect for the typical college student at midnight after hours of studying. For the longest time, this was my perception of ramen as well. But despite the popularity of instant ramen, this perception doesn’t do...

Hiking through Memories

June 30, 2018. Sai Kung. Hong Kong. Three weeks after I arrived in Hong Kong this summer, I am finally starting to get settled. Work has found its routine, and so have I. Every weekday, I wake up, eat breakfast, drive to work, sit at a desk from 10 AM...

1947: A Story of Partition

August 1947. India has finally triumphed in its 200-year struggle against British rule. People in Delhi rejoice at this new state of being; massive crowds descend upon the streets as Prime Minister Nehru gives his famous midnight address. But India has always been a land of contrast. While people exult...

From One End to Another

The moment the lights turned green, we pressed our feet on the pedals. On the traffic lanes were cars whose hoods shone under the sun and reflected the clouds sparsely thrown across the sky. We pedaled vigorously on the asphalt road, on a seemingly endless bridge. To our right were...

A Tale of Three Hikes

“Oh No! No bloody way I am going up there!” The hike up Lantau Peak had come to an end, and Sam—a Hong Kong hiker I’d met through a mutual friend—was pointing out the nearby Sunset Peak. What is happening, you ask? Let’s rewind to a fortnight previously. I was...