Monday, April 6, 2020 - 12:37pm
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It was a Saturday afternoon. My family had been playing mahjong — a complex game in which players form sets of matching tiles — for an hour or two and we’d just finished a round. We shuffled the tiles for the next round, shifting the pink and white pieces around the length of the table for a few minutes. I wasn’t really good at the game: My brother and I had just recently been introduced to all the rules. My hands were still getting used to the feel of the tiles’ plastic, smooth against my fingers. As I stacked my row of tiles, the blank pink sides facing up, my mom spoke.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 12:57pm
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By the Thursday of our first week of remote classes, I was already bored out of my mind. Time seemed no longer relevant; My days weren’t broken up by things like club meetings, office hours and trips to the dining hall. My classes were still being held at their original times, but everything else had abruptly ended. At first, I found myself filling the empty space with Netflix and YouTube videos, but they too lost their color quickly. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 9:54am
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It was early February, and a woman with short brown hair was leading me through a long, twisting hallway in the Student Activities Building. I held my coat in my arms, feeling stunned until we arrived at an empty office with just a chair and a sad, barren desk. Once inside, the woman directed me to sit at a small, round table as she took her place in the chair at the desk behind me, watching. 

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 2:40pm
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It was Friday, Jan. 24. I was laying in my bed, only awake because of the sunlight streaming in through my dorm window. After a while, I decided it was time to finally get up, so I rolled over and reached for my phone sitting atop my desk. A calendar event notification topped the screen.  

It read: “Tomorrow, Lunar New Year.” 

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:19pm
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When I was 10, my mother gave me my first copy of “Little Women” in the middle of summer. It was a bright pink paperback with a monochrome drawing of a woman’s skirt and shoes, simple and minimalistic. As a little kid who was used to the detailed, flashy covers of “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson” books, I was less than intrigued.