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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

Bryan Liu

Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor

Bryan Liu (they/them) is a sophomore journalist from Jersey who micro-doses on pop culture one social commentary at a time. With a background in living arts, Bryan's feature writing also explores the greater Boston area and Emersonian culture. Outside of the Beacon, they climb big rocks and can play every musical instrument.

Latest from Bryan Liu
Illustration by Rachel Choi.

Cotton Isn’t As Comfortable As You Think.

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
December 6, 2023

Ethical consumption doesn't exist. I found out last summer in New York when the world’s leading denim heads told me so—this was the Kingpins Show;...

Illustration by Ryan Yau.

“Thankskilling 3” Will Stuff Your Turkey.

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 29, 2023

There is a heart-shaped niche in my chest that gets stuffed when I rewatch the Thankskilling franchise. I am in love with each installment of the two-part...

Photos by Ashlyn Wang

Unraveling the Sustainable Threads of Denim Culture

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 8, 2023

In the 1947 Broadway production of Tennesee Williams’ play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Marlon Brando wanted his jeans so tight that costume designer...

Photo: Bryan Liu

Rising Tides: The oyster industry faces climate change challenges and solutions

By Shannon Garrido, Hailey Akau and Bryan Liu
November 8, 2023

  The world is your oyster, until it isn’t.  ​​On Sept. 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory about...

Illustration by Ryan Yau.

Everyone’s a Zen Master

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
October 4, 2023

It’s no secret that Buddhism regionalizes as it spreads. Before Buddhism became Zen, it was Chan—which combined original Indian Mahāyāna practice...

The Manglers performing.

[Photo] Cucking is an art form and Cuckfest dares to share

September 27, 2023

The Manglers performing.

Illustration by Kellyn Taylor.

Activism isn’t skin-deep

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
September 13, 2023

I am sitting with the wettest elbows.  My forearms are slick with water from this morning when I was bent over the sink, washing my face. They will...

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
April 3, 2023

Radiohead’s 1995 alternative chart topper, “Fake Plastic Trees,” is about my Christmas tree. The eponymous fake Chinese rubber plant lives rent-free...

Nostalgic for Harvard: its not what you think

Nostalgic for Harvard: it’s not what you think

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
February 23, 2023

I hate CC100: Foundations of Speech Communications—and that has nothing to do with my teacher or my classmates; it’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s...

Tyler Durden loves his explosives. Cambodia does not.

Tyler Durden loves his explosives. Cambodia does not.

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
January 25, 2023

“Fight Club” is not a movie about fighting.  Author Chuck Palaniuk says “it’s about two men and a woman, and one man, the hero, is shot to...

An installation at “Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art.”

Fuller Craft Museum serves food justice exhibit

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 16, 2022

Amid the inevitable deluge of overindulgent Thanksgiving-themed feasts, Instagram stories and Facebook posts rises an interesting question: what about...

Illustration by Ryan Yau

Gobble gobble: Thankskilling and Birds Aren’t Real reflect new Marxist canon.

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 16, 2022

I’m an addict. I can’t stop watching low-budget, B-list horror flicks that are certifiably shit. I would consider films like “Sharknado,” “Llamageddon,”...

Rachel Choi

Meditated so hard my ass cracked: Buddhism is not Islamophobic

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 9, 2022

When Siddartha Gautama went outside of his opulent palace for the first time and saw poverty, disease, and old age, he drew a central conclusion: existence...

Robert Hansen, founder of Apollo Hansen Designs.

Student graphic design brand shoots for the moon

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
November 9, 2022

Apollo 13 may have exploded, but Apollo Hansen made it to the moon.  The 20-year-old marketing major, filmmaker, and fashion developer, also known...

Illustration by Hailey Akau

When it comes to durian, spitters are quitters

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
October 19, 2022

Durian is an acquired taste—a taste westerners can’t seem to acquire, so they make fun of it on the internet. The stinky “king of fruits” endemic...

Emerson Mafia admin debuts new merchandise fundraiser

Emerson Mafia admin debuts new merchandise fundraiser

By Bryan Liu, Assistant Opinion Editor
October 6, 2022

While the Emerson Mafia is often known solely as a means of networking, it has now expanded its community and fundraising efforts in a unique way: merchandise.  Michael...

To save Chinatown, we must Experience Chinatown

To save Chinatown, we must Experience Chinatown

By Bryan Liu and Ryan Yau
September 29, 2022

Through the Chinatown gate lies a wrinkle in time against the backdrop of metropolitan Boston. The neighborhood evokes a sense of anachronism: faded, old-fashioned...

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