Genre: Personal Essays

DANIEL (HUIBO) XU

My grandfather joined the Chinese army at the age of 17 when the democrats and communists were fighting for the country; he didn’t really have a choice to join or not, because in his generation a group of people wanted China to be democratic instead of communist; if the democratic side won the war, then there wouldn’t be a “People’s Republic of China” now or back then, so he was kind of forced to join the army so that he would have a China to live in and so China wouldn’t go bye bye.

MILEENA NGUYEN

  As you read Phillip Lopate’s The Art of Personal Essay, you take a stroll in London with Virginia Woolf and listen to her honest confessions. Then you discover why Max Beerbohm hates walks. E.B. White will take you on a journey to a lake and you’ll dip your toes into the frigid water while Read more…

VINCENT CHANG

The Methods of Silence of Seneca the Younger and William Hazlitt   Phillip Lopate, born on November 16, 1943, in Brooklyn, is a film critic, poet, writer, and essayist; he graduated from Columbia University with a BA and Union Institute & University with his doctorate degree in 1979. Over his career, Lopate has written a Read more…

ANDREA CHANG

  A Certain Himalayan Cat   I remember the day I met my friend, a pure-bred Himalayan cat. A Himalayan is a cross between a Siamese and a Persian. Himalayans have the Siamese’s color points and the Persian’s fluffy, double layered coat. And this cat had the best of both worlds! This cat’s mother and father Read more…