Spooky Superstitions

Every culture has their own superstitions when it comes to the supernatural world. Here is a collection of superstitions from our staff!  Whistling at night attracts bad spirits in Khmer culture. In Lao culture, singing/screaming at night attracts bad spirits. Children can see something adults cannot. Having chopsticks stuck upright in a bowl of rice…

Counting

One. The night before my first Halloween at college, Jin Yong passes away. I find out in an email from my professor, and am reminded of another strangely connected week, my sophomore year of high school: we start reading Gabriel García Márquez on a Monday and he dies that Thursday. My first thought, both times…

Existential Crises at 3:33 a.m.

As the quarter drags on, students become more and more entrenched in the everyday stresses of life. The seemingly mundane, yet unavoidable, routine of class-lab-work-eat-sleep implants itself in our existences day after day, leaving exhausted students with limited time to contemplate their own thoughts about other aspects of their lives. Ironically, however, this may very…

Gentrification of Food

On Saturday mornings, I would take an one hour train ride with my parents to Grand St, the heart of the Fujianese, a southern Chinese province, enclave in New York City’s Chinatown, where their restaurant, their second home, laid. Menus were taped against the door outside to give passerbys a preview of the dishes we…