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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Jocelyn Yang

Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor

Jocelyn Yang is from Beijing, China and serves as The Beacon's Opinion Editor. Her primary field of interest is writing culture in the international community.

Email: Jiaxuan_Yang@Emerson.edu

Latest from Jocelyn Yang
President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.

Optimism of uncertainty: What the Biden-Harris victory means for international students

November 9, 2020

The whole world has been waiting for this victory — for four years.  As soon as The Associated Press called that Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the electoral vote of his native Pennsylvania, pushing...

Standing at the intersection at this historic moment, I feel like I cant pursue my future plan the way I wanted.

As an international student, watching this election sparks fear

November 4, 2020

Tags related to America have only trended once a while on the Chinese Twitter-like social media platform Weibo since the pandemic began. I remember seeing trending terms like "U.S. COVID-19 cases climb,"...

President Joe Biden

Navigating the U.S. election season as an international student

October 6, 2020

“How’s the U.S. election vibe? Who do you think will win? Does any candidate pose policies that hurt China or international students?" I received this list of questions from family and close friends...

I, along with many people who study, work, or live in between these two countries, am balancing on a wobbly cultural bridge. And it also seems the once-strong international journalism community I used to aspire to be a part of is eroding.

Caught in the middle of the U.S. and China conflict as a journalist

August 4, 2020

When I first landed in the U.S. during high school, the customs officer asked me what I wanted to pursue as a career. When I told him journalism, his immediate reaction was to ask me, “So you want to...

Now, we are these bears that need to stay motivated and feed ourselves with skills learned remotely.

Maintaining normalcy in spite of drastic changes

April 7, 2020

Recently, my dad told me on the phone that after 70 days of home quarantine, he was finally able to go out following China’s ease on their lockdown. I almost screamed when hearing this good news. COVID-19...

Sacrificing sleep should not be the norm of college life

Sacrificing sleep should not be the norm of college life

February 25, 2020

The ‘college triangle’ states that students can only have two of the following: good grades, a social life, and enough sleep. The first time I saw this triangle years ago, I chose to prioritize "good...

Photo credit: Christine Park

Truth matters in the war against coronavirus

February 12, 2020

In my five years spent studying in the U.S., I've never been so worried about my family in China as I have now. When my dad recently said over the phone it was fortunate for me to return to the States...

People make New Year’s resolutions because they yearn for new beginnings.

Turning our New Year’s resolutions into realities

December 8, 2019

Counting down to 2020, I've started drafting the list of my New Year's resolutions: read more books, go to the gym every day, get more sleep. But these mirror the plans I had for previous years. And like...

The only secret to not getting duped into sales is to think of the product’s practicality before purchasing. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

How holiday sales capitalize on our impulses

November 12, 2019

A new tidal wave of holiday sales is coming. Stores like Hollister, Zappos, and Macy’s email me every day to advertise discounts and remind me of the money I can save while shopping. However, in reality,...

As I grew up, I realized that being an only child taught me more than just being self-sufficient. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Overcoming the familial obligation I felt as an only child

October 20, 2019

I grew up as an only child and grandchild—but soon, this won't be true anymore.  My family recently told me about the first cousin I will have come December. When they told me over the phone, I was...

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