When in Barcelona, Slow Down and Eat

September, 2017

Zara Zhang

Every time I visit a new country, a part of me changes. This spring break, I visited Barcelona. And I’ve come to remember the place as where I got used to drinking wine like water, having three-hour-long lunches, and enjoying…

From Away

September, 2017

Pallavi Kottamasu

I moved to Portland, ME from Boston, MA a month ago to study radio documentary. In Boston, I lived in a neighborhood with quite a few people of color. I didn’t really socialize too much with my neighbors though. Maybe…

Birthday Tradition: Self Care Day!

September, 2017

Wendy Lee

Several years ago, someone told me that their company gives every employee a day off on their birthday. I found that to be a brilliant idea. Since my company doesn’t have this policy, I decided to implement for myself. For…

9/11 On My Mind

September, 2017

Mable, New York

Sixteen years ago today, I almost didn’t get up. I was smelling the dust at Ground Zero. The crowd was screaming as the South Tower began to crumble before our eyes. We were standing on West street, just five blocks…

3 Days in Siem Reap

September, 2017

Wendy Lee

On a whirlwind trip with my Peace Corps loves in January, we hit up Cambodia. We traveled just after New Year, and thus was a high tourist season. Angkor Wat was understandably crowded, but I live in China, so nothing…

Why Labor?

September, 2017

Mable, New York

On this Labor Day, I find myself meditating over the meaning of labor. Do we find our work laborious? Why labor over it? What is “it” that we pour so much of our time, physical energy and mental effort into?…

Itinerary: 10 Days in Thailand & Cambodia

September, 2017

Wendy Lee

Day 1: Arrived in Bangkok. There were 4 of us; one coming from Shanghai, two from Washington D.C., and another from Michigan. We managed to all arrived within 24 hours of one another. We spent the night at THA City…

Feeling Young as I Learn More

August, 2017

Maggie Shi

Sitting in the waiting room at Amtrak Station in New York, I was surrounded by a lot of teenage passengers. They were giggling and laughing. I was sure they were excited about their upcoming vacation in Boston. It’s summer holiday….

Free Speech*

August, 2017

Pallavi Kottamasu

Last Friday, there was a counter-protest against the “Free Speech” rally (which accepted white supremacists) in Boston, and I was afraid to go. I had these two conflicting trains of thought: it’s Boston – liberal, activist-happy Boston. There can’t be…

Can We Learn from History?

August, 2017

Yifu, Cambridge, MA

This past year, American politics has been turbulent, but it offers valuable lessons. As someone who has followed American politics for more than a decade and spent the last four years at a liberal-leaning Ivy League campus, I see these…

How to Eat A Lot Without Gaining Weight

August, 2017

Zara Zhang

When I tell people about my food-related endeavors, their first reaction is usually this: “But you don’t look like you eat that much!” People seem to have the general impression that people who love eating must be overweight. I am…

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…