This year was the first year I wasn’t home for Coachella or, properly, the Coachella Music Festival. Yet, though I was across the country from the event, it still felt more prominent than ever due to all the Snapchat stories, Facebook profile picture changes, daily (hourly) outfit updates on Instagram and so on. I felt […]

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I was born in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. I spent most of my lifetime there, and came to the United States three years ago after finishing high school. I studied in upstate New York for two years before I came to Boston. Here I had totally different experiences. These are the similarities […]

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This Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards ceremony will take place. Here are some of my favorite Oscar nominations and who I think will bring home an award this year. “La La Land,” which I bet many of you have already seen in the movie theatre, is definitely one of the biggest Oscar-nominated movies. The movie, […]

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Okay, I have to admit something at the start of this piece, at the risk of being shamed by friends and family alike, excommunicated from polite society and left to wander the savage wild (otherwise known as Chestnut Hill). But I have to be honest with my readers, so here goes nothing: I think “La […]

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We live in the age where words such as “hashtag” and “lol” have started to exist outside of digital screens and are being used in oral speech. It has also become the age of optimal creativity. Take our weddings, for example. We no longer want to get married in a traditional fashion and surely don’t […]

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One of the best Hollywood on-screen pairs, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, have come together once again for their newest film, “La La Land.” Not only is it set in a dreamy landscape, but it’s also paired with fantastic choreography and original music. This film isn’t just your average romance movie, but a cinematic work […]

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It has now been about six weeks since I’ve left the comfort of my home in Los Angeles and settled into my new territory. Fortunately, I’m loving Boston — a lot more than I expected to. Despite my avid admiration with Beantown, however, I’ve noticed myself having some particularly recurring thoughts that many West Coasters […]

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Seven p.m. on a Tuesday rolls around. You’re tired, still have more than half of the week ahead of you and are hungry for dinner. You check the fridge and see that all you have is a half-eaten cup of soup and the end piece of bread in the otherwise empty bag. You check the […]

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Nanae Munemasa, a 17-year-old girl from Japan, has struggled with bullying since elementary school. Munemasa describes her first experience of being bullied as a physical one, with her perpetrators slapping her in the girls’ bathroom. She goes on to describe how the boys in her class would beat her with brooms when they were supposed […]

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