I took the 1 train uptown and walked to Bee’s building on W170th street. As I stood alone in the dim lights and freezing cold, waiting for my hookup date, I nervously paced back and forth, quietly recited Die Mainacht by Brahms. “Look sophisticated; Bee is a professional musician” — I told myself. “And don’t misgender them”.

The door buzzed. I took off my leather jacket and walked up to Bee’s apartment. …

I hear a lot of concerns from computer science (CS) students at Connecticut College (ConnColl) because they feel like their liberal arts education is inadequate to prepare them for a job in tech.

Looking at my transcript, you may think that I am super unqualified for my current position in Cloud computing at Google. I took the minimum number of CS courses for the major. I was a sociology major in my first year and only started Intro to CS in my sophomore year while juggling courses from many different departments: Philosophy, Arts, English…). Most of my CS courses were…

Dry heat from the radiator was bothering my chest. Itchy. Although I was born in a tropical country, I always felt suffocated by heat. I opened a crack in the window to let fresh New England snow wander into my dorm room. My eyes wide open, I could not fall asleep. It was one of those nights when all I wanted to do was to book a ticket home to Viet Nam, and travel back to some time around 2006.

I do not get homesick often. In four years of college, I only went back for two short visits. Viet…

Relative interest over time on Google Search for the term “globalization” in red and “nationalism” in blue, from Jan 2004 to present in the United States. Source: Google Trends https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&geo=US&q=nationalism,globalization (Note: Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular)

Public interest and literature regarding globalization exploded in the late 90’s (Giddens). The world has become more interconnected than ever before. Movements of goods, practices, people, and ideas are enabled by technological breakthroughs in transportation, communication. Moreover, increasing economic interdependence, emergent global problems too big for any single country to solve, and rising power of non-governmental entities have led early globalization scholars to predictions of a new world order where physical and symbolic national boundaries are rendered blurry, even irrelevant.

Yet those early predictions have been refuted by the recent rise of nationalism, most notably in so-called Western countries. Nationalist…

Lately, I have been obsessed with Janelle Monáe. This obsession began with her latest album “Dirty Computer”. I admire how articulate and thoughtful she is with everything that she does. So I did what any true fan would do: I tried to watch as many interviews with Janelle Monáe as possible. During a recent Q&A session at the YouTube Space, she was asked: “How do you want us to remember you?”. Janelle paused for a few seconds. “That’s a great question. It’s one that I asked myself all the time…”, she looked up and gazed into thin air like anyone…

Last night, a friend came over to do homework at my room and we ended up talking about the horrendous and exciting transition to adulthood . In the confusing world of constant change and absurdity, where an orange man-child is holding the most powerful position on earth and a sporting event just united a nation together better than any propaganda scheme could, there is one indisputable truth:

Late 90s kids, adulthood is here, pack up your privileges and deal with it. …

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