August 2018 Quote of the Month

"It is not that we have no heart or eyes for pain. We are all afraid. We all have our miseries. But to despair is to wish for something already lost. Or to prolong what is already unbearable." from the Joy Luck Club

Our Idiosyncratic Beliefs | July Study Piece Part 2: The “Orientals”

An Introduction With an insight on major themes of the detachment of public opinion through a psychological lens, we now take a look at the same motifs prevalent on the Eastern Front of World War II, specifically Japan. In the general time span of half a century, Japan has undergone a physical, spiritual, and cultural…

[Poem] Bound

An extension of the June Quote of the Month. Xiao Mei lives to see the dawn of the day. The hues of brisk yellow match her skin like Chardonnay. “Be a doctor or lawyer,” both of her parents say. “It’s not like artists make money anyway.” Michael is Michael because Mwenye was too hard to…

To the Class of 2018: A Conceit

I remember the very first time I met the Future. I was six years old, and he made his presence known to me when he approached me to ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And I told him, “A princess.” And then I changed my answer to, “An archaeologist.” But…

Casually Suicidal | A TedTalk: A focus on Asian-Americans across the nation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8bJ3YlgL1Q My inspiration stems from this TEDTalk by Sarah Liberti. Her awkward yet compelling stance on discomfort in the mind blossoms from the idea that mental instability is just masked by a facade of "casually suicidal" humor. Liberti transitions from mild posts of humor such as, "I tomato-tally want to kill myself" to the deeper, darker…

The Origin of All Human Issues

There are two root causes of all the problems in the world: greed and miscommunication. Human greed can never be eliminated; it is human nature to desire any material that will aid in one’s survival and happiness—power, money, lust. Despite how good of a person one thinks he/she is, there is some small amount of…

AP Lang Essay Prep: How Your Essay Should Look

Welcome y’all. So, as you all should know, there are three essays that you need to write for AP Lang. Synthesis Argumentative Rhetorical Analysis   Synthesis If you’ve taken an AP history class, then you are in for an easy ride. Synthesis is exactly like the DBQ except a whole lot easier because you’re only…