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The best leftovers ever: how food brings together my family

Melissa Chen

March 27, 2020

When we think of food, our minds usually go to cooking, shopping, ordering take-out or eating in restaurants. Bringing home leftover food, however, is just as meaningful in my family. My dad used to work at Google, which provided free breakfast, lunch and dinner for their employees. He would often b...

A love letter to Wuhan, China

Kaylin Li

March 24, 2020

You may know Wuhan as the epicenter of a global public health emergency. But people forget that before the coronavirus outbreak and the now-empty streets, there was once bustling traffic, street vendors selling kebabs and cyclists biking to the neighborhood grocery market. First, some context: my mom was born in Anlu...

“Saving face” might mean not saving your face at all

Nicole Ong

March 11, 2020

Perched at my desk, I was ready. I stared intently at a brightly color-coded spreadsheet, prepared to solve the world’s most difficult logic puzzle: my skincare routine. The rules of the game raced in my mind — oil cleanser comes before water cleanser, the salicylic acid cleanser can’t be used w...

Goodbye, Cupertino

Goodbye, Cupertino

Nicole Ong

February 26, 2020

There’s a children’s book that starts like this: Goodnight room, goodnight moon, goodnight cow jumping over the moon. For Cupertino kids, however, perhaps our bedtime stories should read more like this: Goodbye Vallco, goodbye Blue Hills, goodbye Cupertino. Perhaps I am too young to consider Cupertino...

Coronavirus does not excuse racism

Coronavirus does not excuse racism

Nicole Ong

February 26, 2020

“My dad said to stay away from you since you might give me Coronavirus,” my classmate laughed, and so did I, failing to realize the implications of the comment. I shrugged, a vague discomfort settling in my gut before I realized her dad’s reasoning: I’m Chinese. These occurrences are far from uncommon; a s...

An ode to Trader Joe’s

An ode to Trader Joe’s

Aileen Xue

February 26, 2020

I’m going to be blunt here: I love Trader Joe’s. From strolling along the aisles searching for coconut aminos or receiving amused chuckles from workers as my friends and I conducted part two of our prom photoshoot in the skincare and cereal aisles, there’s no other grocery store I’d rather call...

Cooking into my culture

Cooking into my culture

Mei Corricello

February 26, 2020

It was Chinese New Year, and steaming plates of spring rolls, dumplings, braised fish and oranges were spread across the table. Each dish represented something special for the upcoming year, from fortune to wealth. I smiled across the table at my grandma, proud of the feast we’d prepared. In th...

Starwars loses its “force”

Starwars loses its “force”

Ethan Lee

January 29, 2020

The release of the newest Star Wars movie, “The Rise of Skywalker,” was met with significant excitement and a social media frenzy. My friends could not wait to watch it in the theaters as soon as it came out, but I did not feel the same way. To identify why I felt this way, I reflected on my elementary...

Home: more than one place

Home: more than one place

Pranav Mishra

January 29, 2020

They told me that this was the day I had been dreaming of since I was a child, but as I stepped into the airport, all I felt was a sense of dread. The air here had an impolite nip to it, and the palm trees hung low like green, otherworldly saucers. Even the English here seemed unfamiliar: rough, heavy...

Physical glowup, mental glowdown

Physical glowup, mental glowdown

Kavya Iyer

December 11, 2019

Those clear-skinned girls with a tiny waist but wide hips, sporting crop tops and distressed jeans, showcasing an effortless smile bedazzled with teeth whiter than snow. That's who I wanted to be, but I was far from it.  When I moved here from San Diego in 2015, I was absolutely ecstatic that no...

Being forced into fast fashion

Being forced into fast fashion

Ron Aich

December 11, 2019

Fashion will produce 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. That’s 2.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide. This makes the fashion industry the world’s second-largest pollutant.  When I heard about the considerable carbon footprint caused by the fashion industry, I was sh...

My dream came true: I went to a BTS concert

Diana Xu

November 20, 2019

Section 108, row 17, seat 2. Section 108, row 17, seat 2. This repeated in my head as heartwarming, familiar music rang in my ears. People walked past me. It was all a blur. As I entered the arena, my heart soared.  It all started 40 minutes before 4 p.m. on May 7. I opened my computer. My ba...

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