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Viet weekends were something I didn’t get to experience. I went to preschool since I was probably 4 and during my school years I would go to a daycare or tutoring center. On weekends, I would do my homework and study. My single mother always had to work and take…


“watch the world explode
before your eyes”

While reading this poem and getting to know about lê thị diễm thúy’s background of why they chose to write the poem that way, I felt that it was very relatable. It helped me understand my mother’s/ family’s experience. Since my family had…


“Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg.”

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The quote above was used as a metaphor in Haruki Murakami’s Jerusalem prize speech. It was very thought-provoking for me. I really sat in my seat rereading that…


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“so she can accomplish this august ritual

and get back to the ritual of shopping for housewares”

This part of My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears by Mohja Kahf was very interesting to me. Kahf connected the ritual of praying to shopping which…


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It’s still a bit crazy to believe that the world is experiencing a pandemic. It’s been a year that’s drastically different from our 2020 resolutions and practically became an upside-down turned world. I still remember staying in my room, figuring out zoom and doing school assignments. I also was a…


The first two lines in the poem stayed on my mind. “To converse with the greats/by trying their blindfolds on”. I was very confused trying to interpret what Pavlova meant. I thought it meant to try things for yourself. I interpreted it by thinking that you should form your own opinion. To understand that someone deemed “great” also knows that there is still much they don’t know. The best thing is to go through it “blinfolded” and figure things out with your own mind. This reminded me of a principle line a Korean artist, Seo Changbin, said. No one really knows what they are doing so deciding for yourself what you think makes you a more knowledgeable person.


“No one is going to pick you. Pick yourself.”

This line from the article above really stopped me in my tracks. I kept wondering “why?”. Why does society put people in this situation? How did it get to this point? Why is there this saddening power dynamic? It can be…


After reading this article, it somewhat warmed my heart. Growing up at a time like this was something I never imagined to experience. At the very beginning of quarantine, Animal Crossing was very popular among my friends. I wasn’t able to play the game, but it helped my friends a…


Stopping At Gas Stations

I step outside of my house to feel a crisp winter breeze brush my face. The sky turned a darker blue with the sunlight dimming down. My parents were busy packing our Infinity car with a weekend worth of clothes and food. It was a Friday…


While listening to the podcast above I learned how Agnes Martin used everything around her as inspiration for her art. The one thing that struck out to me the most was how she tried to paint and portray innocence and beauty. Martin also wanted the audience to emphasize subtle emotions…

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