Throughout my university journey, I was fortunate to receive professional and personal advice from many alumni, upper-years, and industry professionals. Most of them had no idea who I was before I reached out. This did not prevent them from still taking the time to speak with me and, in some…


(Huang Xiaoming and Liu Yi Fei from the 2006 cast of The Return of the Condor Heroes)

I pulled my first all-nighter as a sixth-grader. Still attending elementary school in China at the time, I had just received a brand new set of books written by Jin Yong, one of the most popular authors in oriental literature for his fantasy universe of medieval Chinese swordsmen. My parents…


On: Peanuts and Linus

If you ask me what my favourite fictional universe is, I would answer without hesitation that it would be Peanuts. This, I have come to realize, is in itself an anomaly. No one around me — as far as I know — was a fan of…


The Chinese phrase Si Ji Ying Bei (死记硬背), literally translated as “memorizing to the point of death”, has always been synonymous with the Chinese education system, which is known to focus on rote memorization. Critics believe this system stifles creativity as students do not learn to think analytically. Some go…


At 8:17 AM, April 17, 2020, as with every morning, I was rudely awaken by my dreaded ringtone. Operating completely under instincts and without even opening my eyes, my hand moved to swipe the screen in the familiar pattern that would turn off the alarm. It took me a good…

Roy Zhang

Self-Improvement. Chinese lit. World history.

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