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Do you hear the people sing? 

From the musical movie Les Misérables 

On the night of June 3, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre happened and lasted for days. Although some details remains controversial, there is no doubt of the heinous crime committed by the Chinese government. 24 years later, there are basically two kinds of Chinese: who don’t know or don’t care, and those who never forget.

In the past 24 years, numerous successful and unsuccessful flights for freedom took place, the most recent one being the protests in Turkey. Human beings have been studying the balance between government and people for millenniums. Those trial and errors make up the glorious history of defiance.

In China, like in many of the 1984 countries, questioning the Big Brother is dangerous. While enjoying the benefits from modern technology, the Chinese government created the largest censorship system probably in human history. Under this system, you can almost never find any information about this incident on the Internet. Some key words and visual contents are censored, however people have come up with creative means to remember this incident, way more than those in the link. The power of a single individual is only a dim of glow, but when it adds up it is capable of burning down any superpower. There are people who never lose hope for 24 years.

On English writing

I was quite surprised when I found out my English deteriorated after 1 year studying in the States. I was trying to write a new blog, and got stuck there for days. I can’t how badly I write now. It even took me minutes to figure out the spelling of “deteriorate”.

The key to mastering a language is always simple: practice as much as possible. When I was in China, I was constantly preparing for ESL exams, and I had enough spare time for diverse reading in English. While studying here in a demanding school, I lived with a limited vocabulary to a certain discipline. I also cut down my reading and writing as a result of my tight schedule. Now in retrospect, my slope in English should be no surprise.

The mastery of English has always been my dream. The solution is also simple: read more, write more. I would avoid hard assignments addition to my schedule, but it seems motivation-less (tell me a better world please) without a clear mission. So I demand myself to write 2 non-trivial blogs each month from now on. Starting topics will include personal comparisons on some everything issues between USA and China.

Pittsburgh Marathon
Standing at the conjunction of 3 rivers, Pittsburgh is a city of bridges. The Pittsburgh Marathon was a great chance to experience different neighbourhoods of this steel city. Although my legs have been killing me for 2 days since the run, I say totally worth it!

Pittsburgh Marathon

Standing at the conjunction of 3 rivers, Pittsburgh is a city of bridges. The Pittsburgh Marathon was a great chance to experience different neighbourhoods of this steel city. Although my legs have been killing me for 2 days since the run, I say totally worth it!

Spring finally comes.
I walk past this point everyday. On the front is the iconic building of our school, and on the back is the iconic tower of our city. So beautiful.

Spring finally comes.

I walk past this point everyday. On the front is the iconic building of our school, and on the back is the iconic tower of our city. So beautiful.

I love this Italian neighborhood near my home. Typical American suburban style, something you can never find in China.

I love this Italian neighborhood near my home. Typical American suburban style, something you can never find in China.

Cheesesteak @ Philly
Best ever had!
  • Cheesesteak @ Philly
  • Best ever had!

Finding Asylum in Tumblr

When I came to America for graduate school, I thought I had got rid of the most disgusting thing in China: the Great Firewall. But I didn’t. My WordPress blog of 3 years has been blocked from China. Although I currently reside out of China and start to blog in English, my shared host decided to stop the virtual host, which means: I have to move.

Anyway, WordPress has been bugging me for a long time. Since Tumblr is way more friendly to use, I will temporary host my blog here, and see how it goes.