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Age: 28 Pronouns: She/her Neighborhood: Prospect Heights Most Likely to: Get the party started; Fight the Patriarchy; Have a Spontaneous Dance Party; Go Sky-diving; Have a silly-string fight Favorite Quote: “Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness” – Leo Tolstoy As a member of the Safe Passage Project—a not-for-profit that recruits, trains, and mentor volunteer attorneys for unaccompanied minors in immigration court—Lauren provides legal representation to child refugees who are fleeing gender-based...
When the travel ban was first announced, I was studying abroad in Berlin and preparing to fly to Boston for an undergraduate conference. I’m from Hong Kong, not from any of the banned countries, but emails sent from my American college’s International Student and Scholar Office warning us to minimize unnecessary travels outside of the United States still triggered my worries. I knew that this would not be the last of the changes that...
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) Directed by David Lynch One of the many positive effects of the impending return of Twin Peaks to the television airwaves is in bringing—on its 25th-anniversary year, no less—Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me back into wider public consciousness, thus opening it up to the reassessment it so richly deserves after its lackluster reception back in 1992. Naturally, David Lynch being the uncompromisingly idiosyncratic auteur that he is, the...
My parents arrived in America in the 1980s. They emigrated from China—godless, chaotic, Communist China—a place that was reeling from decades of turmoil, struggling to orient itself after the death of a leader who loomed larger than God. They’d least expect to encounter characteristics of that China in their new home, in one of the world’s most developed countries, nearly three decades later. Both my mother and my father came of age in Shanghai during...

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