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Harbin, China: A Fresh Start

The well-known Saint Sophia Cathedral on a smoggy day. BY BAILEY HU “You’re going to study in Harbin?” My aunt asked in me in Chinese, her expression a mixture of amusement and alarm. “You know it’s negative 30 degrees Celsius there right now!” She paused for effect, perhaps expecting me...

China’s Coffee Revolution is Brewing

 Siphon coffee is one of the most interesting ways of brewing coffee. Utilizing the physics of vacuum filtration, the syphon allows for a cleaner, less-bodied taste than French press while retaining the crisp flavors from the coffee. BY IRIS SHAO In today’s Beijing, coffee shops have become as ubiquitous as...

Paradise Island: From Pieces to Peace

BY NITYA AMALEAN It was midnight on March 28th, 2007. The entire city of Colombo was alive with vigor and exuberance. The nation was awake and watching the Cricket World Cup final which was taking place in the West Indies. Sri Lanka versus Australia. Daytime in the Caribbean meant an...

The Spectacle of the Chinese Historical Drama

BY BAILEY HU Flip through the channels on a TV in China, and you might come across something like this: attractive women and men dressed in the elaborate costumes of the Chinese imperial court, speaking in riddles and plotting against each other. On a recent evening in Shenzhen, China, I...