Monday, December 10, 2018 - 5:42pm
Cherry Tan quote

When registration for fall classes opened, I eagerly signed up for a course on Asia as it was something I was keen in exploring, given that I was an Asian student here at the University of Michigan on my study abroad. The thought of studying Asia in the United States – located 20 hours by plane away from home – was intriguing to me as I had only learned about Asia through studying it extensively at home. I was looking forward to gaining a new perspective, or at least get a glimpse of how people abroad viewed Asia.

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 5:40pm
“In the Mood for Love” (2001)

“He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.”

—— Wong Kar-Wai “In the Mood for Love” (2001)

那些消失了的歲月,彷彿隔著一塊積著灰塵的玻璃,看得到,抓不著。他一直在懷念著過去的一切。如果他能衝破那塊積著灰塵的玻璃, 他會走回早已消失的歲月。 —— 王家衛 《花樣年華》(2001)

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 6:09pm

Here’s the thing about identities and labels: in some instances, they’re placed upon your shoulders even if you have a hard time relating to them. It’s not anyone’s fault; it’s just how society works nowadays. When you remotely resemble or align with a certain group, that label and identity is painted bright red on your forehead because the idea of a “middle ground” (of being a hybrid of sorts, a melting pot of different identities that combine to form another different and unique one) is still not entirely accepted as an actual identity.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 6:02pm

As a senior entering my last semester of undergrad, I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on what experiences of mine have been the most memorable these past four years. Close to the top of my list has been my job since freshman year at the Conference and Event Services of the University Unions. It helped me discover one of my most important spaces on campus, one that many students pass by every day without a second thought. As both a student staff member and student representative to the Michigan League Board of Governors, the Michigan League is a place I consider a home.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:14pm

This past summer, I went on a Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates study abroad service trip to Cusco, Peru. To be completely honest, I chose this country mainly because I wanted to see Machu Picchu and because I’ve always wanted to go to South America as well. I didn’t really know much about Peru or Cusco prior to getting into the program and attending the learning team meetings.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:09pm

Nestled in the dirt, under the roots of a date tree

Half of my heart waits

Calling out to me desperately


I’m walking, earbuds in

Down the streets of a city I don’t think wants me 


My feet hit the pavement to the rhythm of music 

In words that aren’t my mother tongue


Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:47am

A headline from The Michigan Daily reads “Conservative commentator Steven Crowder critiques erasure of conservative voices on campus.” As a photographer for The Daily, my editor assigned me to cover a live taping of his show, Louder with Crowder, on Oct. 25 at the Power Center.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:41pm

No one ever returns from intimacy whole.

We always leave a part of ourselves


in the crux of another person’s history,

a bookend to their yesterday.


Here lies the flesh,

its youth pulled taut,


and here is the tongue which conquers it.

In my dreams, I am


Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:54pm
Our oppression isn't your creative tool

Almost a week ago, in an assignment for my screenwriting class, each student had to post two ideas and two comments on the class Canvas page for a short script that we hoped to write. My class is overwhelmingly white and male and so, just to shake the table a bit, I made one of my ideas the almost autobiographical tale of a burnt-out grad and her gay part-Black best friend. It would, I hoped, in an ambitious 10 pages, cover the questions of success, failure and identity, but frankly, aside from the extensiveness of the plot, I had doubts about posting the idea at all.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:50pm
Andhadhun movie poster

I’m not going to lie, I love Bollywood’s masala movies as much as the next person. But it wasn’t until I watched a non-commercial film that I realized how much my perception of the industry is shaped by those in power. I was just in India for a couple weeks and while I was there, I watched a movie that I had never heard of before: “AndhaDhun.” It didn’t feature any stars that I would consider big, yet the entire cast is very experienced and critically acclaimed.