What the Wildfire?

“The world is burning.” “The Amazon rainforest is on fire.” “We all need to go vegan.” “But Africa is on fire too.” “The lungs of the earth, everyone, the lungs of the earth!” These reactions might seem overwhelming because they are. Recent news headlines and media comments about the Amazon rainforest have been downright alarming. How […]

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The Ex-Inmate’s Question to Society: How Many More Ways Can We Apologize?

At the moment, the only experience that seems harder than serving seven years in prison is being free. Yes, you read that correctly. Make no mistake. “Gratitude” doesn’t even begin to describe how it feels to  be home, reunited with my family. I can finally eat, sleep, and bathe when I want. I don’t have […]

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Unpacking and Repacking Love to Find Home

  Although I am fond of my childhood memories, I prefer some distance from the city that some belong to. Yet, as I am getting older, I keep finding myself at my mother’s apartment, or specifically, at my childhood home in Guangzhou. Nostalgia floods through the barred windows of her apartment—the vibrations of construction work […]

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