On Turning 21 (Revisited by an 24 year old)

Forewords Over three years ago now, I drafted a short essay on my flight back from San Francisco. That whimsically spontaneous trip was made in the week after my 21st birthday. Back then, I was in the middle of my fourth year in my BSc physics program, and my slow transition from student to “adult” … Continue reading On Turning 21 (Revisited by an 24 year old)

County town Test takers / “小镇做题家”们

"County town test takers" is a negative term that recently saw an increase in popularity on the Chinese Internet. I regard it as a lens through which one see an ongoing social stratification process, and would dedicate this short essay to stand in solidarity with the individuals so-derided. The phrase is largely thrown around by … Continue reading County town Test takers / “小镇做题家”们