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Introspection

Pile of Clothes
Introspection

Taking Off Your Shirt Means Something

With each question, the hookup gains stakes, a momentum of affirmation.

Pile of Clothes
Columns

Pile of Clothes

"Recently, a friend told me that it’s hard to be asked what she wants."

Asian American Comedy Show Producers
Introspection

No More Sixteen Candles

These comedians and I are having a conversation, and we don’t need a big wooden table in a Harvard seminar to talk about diaspora, our parents, and Asianness in America. We don’t have to explain unbelonging to each other.

Botched Statue
Endpaper

Whose Body Part Is It Anyway?

Over winter break, I watched the first season of “Botched” in three days.

ouijaboard
Columns

Further Realms: 'Nipsey Hussle, Can You Hear Me?'

Perhaps this kind of conscious, selfless reflection brings us closer to the kind of existence that happens once our time on this plane is up.

KDrama TV
Endpaper

KDrama TV

"I used to watch them with my grandmother on our couch. My Korean vocabulary was limited, so I couldn’t understand everything the characters were saying."

KDrama TV
Endpaper

Talking Out Loud When My Roommate's Gone

When I first started watching Korean dramas, I was too young to be cynical.

ouija
Columns

ouija

Collecting a group of friends and my Ouija Board — gifted to me years ago by an aunt — we assemble in a circle on the hardwood floor of the Co-op library.

cute-photo
College

Looking Through Myself

When I was three my father came home from work one day with an enormous canvas, twice as big as me, featuring the photo. This canvas hung in our living room on a wall facing the front door, so any visitors to our home would be unexpectedly greeted by our smiles.

Nina B. Elkadi Spring Break
Termtime Postcards

Spring Break Postcard: House Hunting with Yelp

As a Yelp Elite member, I was tasked with finding the restaurants, so we set out on a culinary tour of the South.

Puerto Rico
College

Spring Break Postcard: Spring Break In The 51st State

The more I explored San Juan, the more I noticed the frustrations lying beneath the vibrant surface.

Home for Spring Break
Termtime Postcards

Spring Break Postcard: Having to Be There

Instead of settling themselves through sharing, certain stories seemed to become tainted in the act of telling.

Quincy Market
Termtime Postcards

Spring Break Postcard: Unfamiliar Insider

As I temporarily assumed the role of Harvard tour guide, I realized the extent of my campus knowledge, and not just in a geographic sense.

Tern, Not Gull
Introspection

Tern, Not Gull

Once a tern was caught, I’d come out of hiding and reach my hand into the trap, gently gripping the fluttering bird and slipping it into a cloth bag.

Tarot Column
Columns

Tarot Column

Looking at the full spread of cards, the psychic tells me that the past two years have been a transition period in my life.

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