During my winter breaks, my parents give me the opportunity to travel the world — if, of course, traveling the world meant staying in a selected western European country for a couple weeks. As someone who relishes every opportunity to travel, I am forever grateful to have the chance to experience other countries with my […]Read more "tours in colonialism i: switzerland"
I suppose I could fight circumstance. I suppose there could be some sort of meaning in the struggle of swimming against a river with seemingly infinite current. Isn’t it easier to give up… to not hope for the better? Because hope only has substance when it ties a story together. Without an ending to pain, […]Read more "cl0sing (sent)im3nts"
It was a cloudy summer afternoon. Everybody Talks by Neon Trees on Radio 104.5 played in the background as I turned the corner from Spruce to Delancey Street in search of a parking space. I was trying to diversify my music tastes from my short list of hip-hop, pop, and EDM. Alternative rock seemed like a […]Read more "i parked on delancy street"
I woke up this morning to the sound of my phone vibrating. I didn’t recognize the number, so I let the call go to voicemail. A few minutes later, I learned that my dental appointment tomorrow had been canceled. I closed my eyes again in an attempt to go to sleep again. The windows had […]Read more "i wish my dreams didn’t exist"
I have always found the concept of being from Philadelphia to be interesting. Because, in actuality, I grew up in the suburbs. I don’t know Philadelphia as well as I probably should, given the fact that I spent virtually my entire existence within the confines of the Schuylkill River. And since I have left the […]Read more "napalm skies"
On a warm morning, my grandmother opens the elevator door to give a warm embrace to her childhood friend, who had visited Beijing for professional reasons. “How long has it been?” she exclaims. “Blink of an eye, and here we are.” She seats herself and her guest on her well-dusted couch from earlier in the […]Read more "blinking through memories"
“Household income is equal to investment plus consumption.” How cute. In terms of generating sustainable economic growth, the optimal allocation of capital and labor in an economy is almost always in investment given enough consumption to sustain population growth. However, it seems almost… wrong. What is the purpose of generating economic growth if we cannot […]Read more "consumption"