Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Pearl milk tea, or 珍珠奶茶 (zhen’zhu nai cha), is the staple, most iconic dessert drink of the Bay and Taiwan. Often abbreviated in English to PMT, the delicious concoction is never referred to as ZZNC in Chinese. Rather, its name is shortened from four characters to two: 珍奶 (zhen nai). So what are the differences in abbreviating English words versus Chinese words? In English, phrases … Continue reading Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Prompt 17: Materialism

When you explore the concept of materialism, money, and wealth, one may start to wonder what it is in life that makes them feel truly happy. If money didn’t matter and people valued less on consumerism and more on intangible items, what would be the first thing you would do?   Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following … Continue reading Prompt 17: Materialism

Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Okay, let’s just dive right into a difficult topic: race. Disclaimer: it’s going to be messy, since I’m not used to talking about race, but I feel it has to be done. I have always been confused about the term “people of color” (PoC) and my relationship to that category. As a Korean, am I included when people talk about “people of color”? While various … Continue reading Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

  One of the most famous poets of all time, Robert Frost, once said that, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” To me, this rings true because poetry has long been used as a form of self-expression and storytelling for people, dating back to the Epic of Gilgamesh in the third millennium BCE. For much of … Continue reading The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

International Reads: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing was one of the most fascinating books I have read. Exceptionally sad but beautifully detailed, I was immediately hooked. The story follows two sisters that will never meet and do not know of each other’s’ existence in 18th century Ghana. We see their family tree unravel as one sister becomes the mistress of a British man and the second sister is sold off into … Continue reading International Reads: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

Self-Reflection often leads to self-discovery. What this means is that when one reflects on who they are or what is important to them he or she discovers something new about themselves. I think about this in relation to journaling. This week take a few minutes to write down ten things that make you smile, five people you can not live without, and one thing you … Continue reading Prompt 16: Self- Reflection Piece

Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler

The airport is so big it makes me want to stretch out my arms toward the glass ceiling. The expanse of terminals and people and scanners and seats doesn’t match the size of my two aunties’ suitcases, stuffed to the brim with the latest fashions from Asia and souvenirs for me. “阿傑, we missed you so much,” they would tell me, hugging me as they … Continue reading Opinions of an Opinionated Traveler

UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison

UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison For 12 years, the UCLA English Department’s annual tradition of hosting a yearly read-a-thon has eluded the Westwood literary community. For years, read-a-thons have been popular events for literary and educational groups as a way of increasing literacy awareness and to raise money for worthy causes. Generally, read-a-thons encourage participants to read as much as they … Continue reading UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison

Reunion by John Cheever

Reunion is two pages long. It’ll probably take you less than ten minutes to finish. But the story will stay with you for a lot longer than that. You’ll get immersed in the dialogue, attached to the characters, and wholly invested in the story. And the final words will echo in your mind and sink into your stomach and leave you with an inexplicable sense of … Continue reading Reunion by John Cheever

Long Term English Language Learners

Long term English Language Learners are students that are often times in grades 6-12. These are students that have attended U.S. schools for seven years or more.These are students that often times do not get the necessary resources or attention needed to improve their English in comparison to students that are in elementary school. These students may also have a grasp of English orally and … Continue reading Long Term English Language Learners