Spring. The crisp, warm air calling for a wooly layer to be shed in favor of thinner cardigans, the blushing pinks and whites of cherry blossoms coming to life, and a collective sigh on everyone’s lips as lingering outside no longer elicits misty breaths. Isn’t it strange how, despite knowing…

There’s a Korean expression that I recently picked up from BTS’s V LIVE livestream, uttered randomly by the group’s leader RM: “꽃샘추위”. Literally translated it means something like “the cold envies the flowers”, and relates to how, when winter is about to end and spring is just starting, winter becomes…

When it comes to sharing about twisty emotions like grief, sadness, regret, loneliness, I prefer sharing them in writing rather than verbalizing them in a conversation or recorded video. Both ways are equally valid and authentic, but when it comes to mentally translating from physical and emotional feelings to intelligible…

Let me tell you a story. The year is 2017. It’s summer. The story is set at UC Berkeley. The program is Y-PLAN TOMODACHI. 100 students from Tohoku, Japan are about to arrive. One of their instructors, a 23-year old non-Japanese woman, is nervous. She has only just recently returned…

Rebekah Cheng

"You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you." - Haruki Murakami

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