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…

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…

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…