There’s Nothing to See Where I Come From

August, 2017

Zara Zhang

When I’m asked about my hometown, the conversation usually goes like this. American: Where are you from? Me: China. American: Oh cool! Which city? I’ve been to Beijing. Me: I’m from the northeast. American: (losing interest upon knowing that I’m…

The Day I almost Quit…

August, 2017

Mable, New York

At 6:40am this morning, I stepped into the yoga studio and thought I’d triggered the security alarm. A trail of shrieking sound went off. Wow, what’s that!? I wondered. Next, I wanted to stop it. But I had no idea…

I Am the Loneliest Child, and They Are the Loneliest Parents

August, 2017

Quanzhi Guo

“Every year you come back home, it is like celebrating the Lunar New Year!” my mother says as she folds the pocket-full of a hand-chopped mix of pork and scallops into a crescent-shaped dumpling, a tradition for families before the…

Traveling Alone?

August, 2017

Mable, New York

I love traveling alone – in a car, on the plane or on the train. My senses are 100% tuned into my surrounding scenes, and who’s ahead of me doing what, or around me saying what that perks my ears….

Beijing is Big

August, 2017

Zara Zhang

How big is Beijing? Let me count the ways. It’s land area is equivalent to 156 Parises, 20 New York Cities, 10 Londons, and is bigger than the entire state of Connecticut. Countries that are smaller than Beijing include Qatar,…

Negotiating is Tough

August, 2017

Eric Liao

I’ve never been very good at negotiating my salary. The first time I tried was a little over three years ago, when I got my first job out of college. It was a job at a financial firm that raised…

What I Have Learned From My 3500-Mile-10-State Road Trip

August, 2017

Quanzhi Guo

Our route Road trip has always been on my bucket list. I have to admit that it is an idea that I romanticize like a rite of passage, a celebration of freedom, and something mythically American. From the first “road…

How I Level with Myself

August, 2017

Leah Jarrett

The first time I saw a spirit level was during my Sophomore year in college. My roommate was putting photos up on her wall, and she wanted to make sure they were perfectly straight. To do so, she enlisted the…

Rock & Role

July, 2017

Mable, New York

Last week, I talked with two friends considering big moves. One lives in San Francisco, the other lives in Boston. Both are twenty something with an Ivy League degree, a ton of talent and a bundle of energies. However, this…

Itinerary: 10 Days in Yunnan

July, 2017

Wendy Lee

My Frenchie and I took a 10 day trip in June, and this itinerary seems to be useful for many friends. We booked this trip because of a flight sale from Shanghai to Kunming. If short on time, I recommend…

Should I Thank My Country?

July, 2017

Yifu, Beijing

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 8,000th day on planet Earth with non-celebrations including going out for a run, cooking for myself, and reflecting on what those 8,000 days meant. For me, personal milestones—such as birthdays, graduations, and…

Are You a Picky Eater?

July, 2017

Maggie Shi

Before I had lunch with my colleague today, I never knew that a simple order of a Japanese cucumber roll could be requested “inside out” with “8 pieces cut”. Each roll is usually cut into 6 pieces. But each piece…