Sword & Water Sleeve

I had an epiphany today. In Chinese dance class today, we learned water sleeve 水袖 for the first time. We’ve been working on sword technique for the past two months, and our introduction to water sleeve today is setting the foundation for technique we’ll need for a future classical piece combining water sleeve and sword, … More Sword & Water Sleeve

First Class

I’m applying to college this year, and I’ve started researching possible colleges over the summer. As I’m deciding upon the opportunities and lifestyle I would like to have for myself in the next four years, it’s forced me to think about the future and my short-term and long-term goals. One goal I had set for … More First Class


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain


I really dislike goodbyes. I dread them. Even when I was little, I was always the type to clutch on to my friends whenever a grownup announced the end of a playdate. I mean, I don’t think anyone is particularly fond of goodbyes, but I think I’m the type of person that’s deeply affected by partings … More Goodbyes

Massive Flower

This morning I went to Irvine Chinese School’s graduation party, partly because Eric was performing and I wanted to watch (and I needed to help him draw on his fake mustache for the act), and partly because I’m still very much attached to this school. Although I graduated last year, these students that graduated this … More Massive Flower

Lord of the Flies

We’re officially starting Lord of the Flies in HEL. I’m very excited, because it is one of my favorite books. I read it in freshman year, and I remember being so deeply moved by it and its implications on the nature of humans and society that I cried several times (which doesn’t usually happen for … More Lord of the Flies