My Ten Favourite Anime Episodes I Watched This Year

For the past few years now, I have written a list of my favourite songs of the year. However, this year I haven’t listened to enough new music to justify a new list. To be honest, I have found it very difficult to focus on reading or listening to anything new. One thing I have been able to consume and enjoy has been anime. The last anime I watched was the first seasons of One Punch Man and Attack on Titan a few years ago but other than that have never…


Soothing Islands

The first game want to talk about today is a game I didn’t have much interest in. I had never played an Animal Crossing game before New Horizons. People play games for a multitude of reasons, whether it’s competition and a challenge, to be immersed in a world, or simply above all because they’re fun. Over the years I realized besides game play, what draws me to the games I play is the story. My favourite games stand up to my favourite books, movies, and shows in terms of narrative.


So since it’s the end of the decade instead of simply listing my favourite songs of the year, I decided to make things way more difficult for myself and make a list of all my favourite songs of the decade. Why 55 and not 50, because I gave myself those extra five so I wouldn’t be pulling my hair out deciding which songs to cut from a list of 50. The rules for this list are simple, in order to get the most diversity of artists, only one song per artist on the list. The second rule is that I…


You have tattoos and others have piercings, but for me, there’s nothing that says more about me than the food I choose to carry every single day. As a kid trying to maintain my identity in America, my Chinese was passable, my history was shaky, but I could taste something once and make it myself at home. When everything else fell apart and I didn’t know who I was, food brought me back and I was here again. — Eddie Huang[1]

The idea of what it means to be Chinese has always confused me, as has the idea of what…


In the second grade, we learned about why our salvation was tied to the grace and mercy of god. To illustrate this point our teacher shared with the class a fable in picture book form. The fable used seeds as a metaphor for people and focused on all the tragedies that can befall flowers before they bloom. Seeds being buried too shallow and too deep. Seeds that were over watered and denied sunlight. The fable argued only with optimal conditions would flowers grow to be healthy, strong, and beautiful. Such is a life committed to god’s grace and mercy. You…


I wrote this paper last April. I was never going to publish it because I was worried about the consequences to it. However, as the summer has moved into the fall and the protests in Hong Kong have not died down and as the PRC escalates the violence and as more civil liberties are taken away, I can no longer be silent. This is not a paper about Hong Kong and it’s history with with colonialism, imperialism, and China. This is a paper about Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang province. However, I feel the need to put this paper out not…


“Why do people fight for schools like Dyett? Why did the Coalition continue to fight even after those in power assured them of their own victory? Because it was never just about Dyett. A fight for a school is never just about a school. A school means the potential for stability in an unstable world, the potential for agency in the face of the powerlessness, the enactment of one’s own dreams and visions for one’s own children. Because whether you’re in Detriot or Austin or Louisiana or Chicago, you want to feel that your school is your school. That you…


The first conversation I ever had about race was during a parent-teacher interview when I was in the first grade. Growing up in the 90’s as many other kids, I idolized Michael Jordan. The only problem was I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and no one else in my school cared about basketball. Since there were not any Asian players in the NBA and the most prominent players were Black, my six-year-old self, wanting to play in the NBA thought I would have a better chance at making if I was Black. I remember not only telling people I wish…


Assimilation feels like discovering new ways to bend myself into a question mark / to fit an answer to the question
no but where are you really from


Image by Fly Art Productions

Another year, another list of my favourite songs. This year is 77 songs because 7 remains the most powerful magical number, shout out to Binge Mode. And my goodness could we use some magic in our lives going forward after 2018. Unlike previous years where I ranked my favourite songs of the year, this year is more of a playlist than a ranking. Having my favourite songs as a cohesive playlist rather than a ranking hopefully makes for a more coherent listening experience but made things more difficult than usual, that being said trying to differentiate my 45th favourite song…

Irving Chong

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