Peter Pan Syndrome

Funny how much I think about Yale when I’m not there.

We all groan and feel awkward when people say this to us, but when you go home over the breaks and see the people who raised you and knew you before college again, you can’t help but notice that you’re growing up.

Emphasis on the gerund. We are in the process of growing up.

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Sunny Days and Snowy Skies

The semester has barely started, and New Haven has already seen some of the worst weather I’ve ever experienced. Am I being a baby? Probably. But seeing as I was just in the beautiful island of Maui not two weeks ago, I think my complaints are well justified. If you’re like me (that is, bundled up in your room with a blanket and some lady grey or a hot beverage of your choice, not doing your course readings and instead wishing you were on a Caribbean cruise), I hope you’ll appreciate these photos from Hawaii, where I spent my winter break.* Of course, waking up on snowy mornings like today, even the grouchiest of west coasters and southerners will have to appreciate the overwhelming beauty. I’ve mostly been too cold to take pictures of the freshly fallen snow, but I’ve included a couple that I managed to get before my hands started to freeze over (seriously you guys convince me to get gloves).

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Bulldog Buzz for Week of 1/19: More on Chinese mothers and YouTube fame

The term “second-generation” Asian American might seem obvious, but the APA Blog staff had some different interpretations at our last meeting. A quick Google search found that second-generation meant having parents who are naturalized U.S. citizens (immigrants to the U.S.) under the entry “American-born Chinese“. Other sources listed a “1.5 generation”, those who immigrated to the U.S. as a child. What generation do you consider yourself? Fill out our poll to the left!

Amy Chua, Yale Law School professor, stood by her controversial article published in the Wall Street Journal on the effectiveness of the “immigrant model” of child-rearing. The Yale Daily News interviewed her, and she claims that anyone who has read the entirety of her book will see she wants what’s best for her children, even if that means banning sleepovers.

A cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sung by Sam Tsui ’11 and R&B group AHMIR made it onto the homepage of YouTube yesterday. The video, dedicated to the victims of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona and the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, features clips of Tsui and AHMIR singing intermixed with images of President Obama, victims of the shooting and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Shopping List

I didn’t shop any classes this semester. You can blame it on laziness or the rigid structure of an engineering major; it’s actually mostly because I have no interest in taking more than 4.5 credits. Sometimes my taking steps to not be crazy worries me, especially at Yale, but that’s another topic. Here, instead, are some classes I think I would take if I could redo Yale many, many times as many different people:

PSYC 110, Introduction to Psychology with Marvin Chun
Everyone loves Intro Psych. Everyone loves Marvin Chun. A great class that’s not impossible to get into! And he won’t be teaching it next year so this really is your last chance for a while, procrastinators.

HSAR 115, Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present with Alex Nemerov
Apparently Nemerov is amazing. Another class for late shoppers! If you don’t mind sharing a lecture hall with a couple hundred people, that is.

ENGL 134, Reading Fiction for Craft with Michael Cunningham
Why does that name sound familiar?

G&G 222, Origin of Everything with David Bercovici
Who wouldn’t want to know about the origin of everything? This is also a good Sc credit for you people who’ve never had to walk farther than LC/WLH to get to a class.

PLSC 233, Constitutional Law with Akhil Reed Amar
This class is supposed to be legendary; also I’m sure more than half of us are a little bit pre-law. Just a little bit. In the back of your mind. You know you’ve thought about it, so don’t deny it.

HUMS 300, Oratory in Statecraft with Charles Hill
Apparently, if you want to be at all successful in life or make anything out of yourself, you must take this class. Enough said.

But I’m just day-dreaming. Let’s hear from people who actually go to class:

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Bamboo Singers

When I first heard of Jook Songs, I thought it was some kind of Korean a cappella.

That wouldn’t have been unusual at a place like Yale, where a Bible Belt girl with decidedly western sensibilities and a shameful history as a Chinese school dropout could do the postcolonialist thing— try to rediscover her erstwhile heritage by roaming the right aisle of the extracurriculars fair. Continue reading

Live Hip Hop!

Jason Chu (MC ’08) performing his remix of Airplanes Part 2 (by B.o.B. feat. Eminem and Hayley from Paramore) at a recent Christmas Night show at Section 6, Beijing’s legendary hip-hop party. This version of the song features original lyrics by Jason and deals with alienation, travel and loss. Korean singer DK Choi sings the chorus in this live video.

The rest of the concert footage can be found on on Jason’s Youtube account, and lyrics are available here on his blog. You can also visit his facebook page.

MSA Wins 2010 AASA Basketball Championship

MSA Champions

With 5 teams, 4 rounds of round robin, and one championship game, AASA’s semi-annual basketball came to a close with underdog MSA beating out CASA for the championship. CASA took second place, and TAS with 3rd with honorable mentions to SAS and KASY/JASU. Continue reading

APA Blog Takes on Ashley’s Downside Watson

For our end-of-semester outing, the APA Blog staff decided to take on the legendary Downside Watson at Ashley’s. Did we make it out alive? Yes, we did. And we have pictures to prove it.

7 Scoops. 3 Toppings. 6 Spoons. 10 minutes. Yum!!

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Dinner at Berkeley!

And so the dining hall quest continues! We settled into a cozy nook overlooking the main floor of Berkeley Dining Hall, touted as the best dining hall on campus by the Wall Street Journal in 2006 and where Yale’s Sustainable Food Project all started. This is also the first photo with our new staffer, Matt Tran DC ’14!