Mexico: Identity as Shown by Octavio Paz

Getting to Mexico. One lovely weekend in October, my brother hosted his wedding. It was a fantastic time – lively, convivial, celebratory. It was designed to be essentially a party, and on that front they succeeded. Afterwards, I took a journey with the newlyweds to New York City. From there, they would head out from... Continue Reading →

Singapore is a Colloid

What is a Colloid? col·loid ˈkäloid/ noun noun: colloid; plural noun: colloids 1.  a homogeneous, noncrystalline substance consisting of large molecules or ultramicroscopic particles of one substance dispersed through a second substance. Colloids include gels, sols, and emulsions; the particles do not settle and cannot be separated out by ordinary filtering or centrifuging like those... Continue Reading →

Hypocrisy among Expats in China

There is a theme of expats in any country, the variety who respect their host country not for what it is extraneous to their being, but for how it does or doesn’t serve their whims. For some, countries cannot simply exist on their own, but are servile to their desires. Edward Said discusses this subjectivity... Continue Reading →

Chinese Soft Power

When I was younger, Japanese video games, trading card games and manga were all the rage. Teachers fumed as their students neglected active games during recess in order to trade cards with images of cleverly designed creatures, such as a mole, three moles together, a magnet and three magnets together. Quickly, teachers banned this “Pokey-man”... Continue Reading →

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

This journey was originally taken in February of 2017. It was part of a trip to Taiwan, Japan and Korea. In Japan, I spent 5 days in Greater Tokyo and 5 days in Kansai with some moments outside those regions perhaps. This section is about super impromptu trip to Hiroshima.   “Planning.” So this was... Continue Reading →

Chinese Barbecue

Every country has a form of barbecue. A video produced by PBS’ It’s Okay to Be Smart even argues that cooking food was as socially important as it was calorically in terms of evolution. While they stress the scientific concerns, as a student of humanities, I cannot possibly downplay the social elements of cooking. Their argument... Continue Reading →

Tsukiji Fish Market

[Originally written February 2017] So eons ago, when I was on study abroad in Beijing, I wanted to go to Japan, but never did. Then when finally settling on moving to China after graduation, I wanted to go to Japan, but again never did. And so upon deciding to stay in China a second time,... Continue Reading →

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