There’s no learning in letter grades

Last semester, I took the Fundamentals of Speech Communication class everyone is required to take at Emerson. We completed several group speech presentations, solo projects, and impromptu speeches. However, none of us were ever given…

Is social media creating connection or ruining it?

In the early 2010s, an Egyptian man named Khaled Said was tortured to death after being held in police custody. The photo of his death quickly went viral on Facebook and caused widespread outrage in the Arabic-speaking world.  Thirteen…

Op-ed: Speaking up in class improves learning experiences

I always raised my hand in middle school with the hope of answering every question the teacher asked, but my classmates rolled their eyes when I spoke because my passion for participation was jarring. Both my classmates and teachers called…

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Op-ed: Defining my body without cultural standards

People who have albums filled with childhood photos make me jealous. While I like reminiscing and looking through old photos, I only have a few old pictures of myself. My mom used to take a lot of pictures of me, but I started avoiding them…

Op-ed: Opening journalists to a global mindset

I grew up as one who always sticks up for others. The older I get, the more interested I become in speaking up for social justice. Although China has many great journalists and media figures, the mainstream media is still censored and…

Op-ed: Abandoning my name for cultural conformity

When in a Western country, I always introduce myself as “Eliza.” Very rarely do I tell people my Chinese name, “Xinyan.” I find that most Asian youth share this habit. Adopting an English name is a widespread phenomenon in Asia, especially…