Catharsis: Trying to reconcile two disparate beauty norms


As the old cliche goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As a second-generation Chinese American, I was raised at the intersection of two equally intricate and wildly different worlds — the East and the West — and I grappled with perceptions of my own beauty, depending on which world was beholding it. […]

Fémmoirs: ‘Dirty John’ is a grim case of abuse


I just finished reading the last installment of Dirty John, a recent Los Angeles Times’  crime series, with goosebumps on my arms. The twisted, non-fiction story of a serial manipulator, nicknamed “Dirty John,” in Orange County was exciting, yet frighteningly close to the quiet suburban reality of the town I grew up in. I spent […]

Let music unify and heal our society


I am one of very few people on this planet who genuinely cares about her Spotify profile. I have been known to make a playlist private when it’s embarassing, spend hours on the Discover pages and follow a trail of artists until I’m so far in that the songs have less than 100 plays. I […]

Kitty Corner: STEM is not the be-all and end-all


Like every college student, I struggled to settle on a major. Like every college student with immigrant parents, I struggled to settle on a major that would appease their desire for me to have a prosperous, stable career. Unfortunately, I’m not the type to get jazzed about any of the four letters that make up […]

From The Top: Spontaneity is a virtue in a world based on routines


I’ve experienced more in the last two weeks than I have the entire year. With as much as I have going on right now — school, a full-time job, plus three freelance writing positions — it’s been excruciatingly difficult to find inspiration. I feel like I’m constantly moving on to the next thing before I […]

The A Game: Thank the Lorde for ‘Green Light’


I never thought I would get a tattoo until last Saturday. It wasn’t because I didn’t like them — I was just afraid of having something permanently marked on my body for the rest of my life. However, after seeing Lorde perform for the third time this year at Life is Beautiful, I knew it […]