My Graduation Speech

Dear faculty and staff, families and friends, and Ph.D. class of 2019, I feel both honored and humbled to stand here today to be graduating from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told, I thought I would not be able to make it to the convocation day. I want to tell…

A Friendly Universe

Last week, in a cool evening, I was walking along the banks of Hudson River with a friend. The shimmering lights decorated the banks with a calm aura. Quite befitting to the moment, my friend turned and asked me a philosophical question: “What do you think is the most important factor that determines a person’s…

The Alchemist

A story about a young person leaving home to look for some hidden treasure has a familiar and alluring ring to it. We all have heard a version of this story in our lifetime. However, Coelho disrupts our expectation in many ways. The protagonist of The Alchemist was not a passive receiver of fate’ whim. He…

The Little Prince

Many years ago, when I first encountered the story of The Little Prince, I was taken by its purity – the purity it probes the theme of human connection. Every time I read the story, it challenges me to rethink my truth in different ways. Indeed, our special stars will always shine through when we look at the sky. ——- Best…

Leadership through Love

PHOTO BY TIM MARSHALL The belief that our ability to influence others requires positions and domination may be an easy conclusion, but some of the most inspirational leaders, such as Gandhi, MLK, and many others, did not possess the highest political or military positions in their societies. However, they were able to exert great influence…

Zhenya Xia’s Joyful Art

(Photos took at Art New York 2017) Anybody who first meets Zhenya Xia would be quickly charmed by her. Her penchant for nature, her youthful love and loss, and her defining moment of discovering the true self while studying business in Paris–her stories are familiar, yet unique. Standing in front of “Ya”–one of the most…

Begin with a Story

There is a story that was told to me a long time ago: A man came upon a construction site where three people were working. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the man answered, “I’m laying bricks.” He asked the second, “what are you doing?” and the man answered, “I am building…

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Like the Buddhist sutra, The Four Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book that has taught many about why and how to obtain happiness in this seemingly painful world. The book urges us to live as peaceful warriors in the modern life by intentionally creating a new self that is invincible. Like what Kafka said, a…

People’s Revolt

As someone from China who culture and politics in America, I often find myself in awkward conversations with my Chinese friends on the subject of American politics. This again happened during my recent visit to Beijing, where I was at a teahouse chatting with two friends who work for the Foreign Minister of China. They…