• Joanne Han

    bye bye blueno

    April 8, 2021
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    When we first walked through the Van Wickle Gates, starry-eyed and full of hope, we could not have foreseen this would be how it would end. Or really foreseen anything, to be honest. But you know, it’s been a wild ride, and while we’re sad that it’s ending, we’re also glad to have the lessons […]

    pandemic fragments

    notes from 2020

    April 1, 2021
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    January 20, Beijing It was almost noon and the sky was pale brown with rolling sand. Unmasked, I stood at a bus stop on a wide, open road, choking on the Gobi desert as my friend took videos of the empty streets. Three days into Chinese New Year break, we headed downtown to brunch, putting […]

    piecing her together

    on not losing family stories

    March 25, 2021
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    Sophie’s father invented the chocolate-covered frozen banana. I’ve heard the story at so many Thanksgiving dinners that I don’t believe it anymore. He had a sundry, a shop that sold candy and ice cream, on a street corner in Strawberry Mansion, a neighborhood in Philadelphia. I’m told that at the end of the Second World […]

    outside the calendar squares

    finding meaning in little moments

    March 18, 2021
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    Ever since I got to college, I’ve been making myself coffee every morning. Aside from the fact that I’m not a morning person and I need the caffeine to force my brain to take in the content of my 8:30 a.m. lecture, I’ve grown attached to the daily 10-minute ritual. There’s something grounding to it: […]

    nighttime in Providence

    springtime walking destinations

    March 18, 2021
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    Warmer weather has begun its initial descent upon Providence, and that means it’s time to start taking night walks (with friends, to be safe). Of course, some of y’all might have already found the joy of walking during the winter in order to cool down from studying too much—or stressing from not studying enough—but walks […]