苏州拙政园 Suzhou Humble Administrator’s Garden

苏州 sūzhōu Suzhou prefecture level city in Jiangsu 拙政园 zhuō zhèng yuán Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, Jiangsu 苏州拙政园 Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as an exclusive garden for the former imperial historian Wang Xianchen 王献臣. The garden symbolized tranquility for him and served as a place for him…

上海老街 SHANGHAI OLD STREET

上海老街 Shànghǎi lǎo jiē, also known as Shanghai Old Street is a 825 meter long shopping village with architecture dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasties. Besides 田子坊 Tian Zi Fang, Shanghai Old Street is also a great place for souvenirs. Great is an understatement. It’s literally eye-boggling. Where in Shanghai are…

女強人 SUPERWOMXN

女強人 means strong woman in Chinese. 女 nǚ woman, 強 qiáng strong, 人 rén person. Another way to say woman of distinction would be 女傑 or nǚ jié. In the title, I took out the letter ‘a’ in woman and replaced it with an ‘x’ to disassociate the word to ‘man’. ALL Asian Americans and…

杭州玉皇山和八卦田 Hangzhou jade emperor Hill & Eight Trigram field

玉皇山 Yu Huang mountain is located between 杭州西湖 Hangzhou West Lake and 钱塘江 Qiantang River. In Chinese mythology, 玉皇 Yu Huang means Jade Emperor, who became the monarch of all deities in heaven. This scenic area is is connected to 凤凰山 Feng Huang Mountain and together, they described to appear as flying dragons and dancing…

上海新华书店 shanghai xin hua bookstore

新华书店 is actually one of the largest enterprises of first-class books, audio, and video publication chains in China. Established in 1947, Xin Hua Bookstore started publishing governmental documents and later merged with the China Book Distribution Company under the leadership of the Ministry of Culture. Although its flagship store is in Beijing, the Shanghai branch…

新华红星国际广场 Xin Hua Red star International Plaza

新华 xin1 hua3 name of an official Chinese news agency 红星 hong2 xing1 red star 国际 guo2 ji4 international 广场 shi4 chang3 marketplace One of the most extravagant malls I’ve been to in Shanghai was 新华红星国际市场. My friends who are locals in the city wanted to show me a cool bookstore that was hidden somewhere…

豫园 Yu Garden

豫园 Yù Yuán is also known as Yu Garden or Happiness Garden was built during the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 A.D. (more than 400 years ago!!) It’s located in the Huang Pu District next to the bustling 上海老街 Old Shanghai Street. Above, are three famous stone peaks treasured as 玉玲珑 Yù líng lóng found in the…

田子坊茶 Shanghai tea

田子坊 or Tian Zi Fang, most commonly known as a mini shopping market tucked underneath busy alleyways in the infamous Shanghai. However, if you’ve ever been to 九份 Jiufen in Taiwan, these crowded touristy areas are best to visit earlier in the day. (All photos taken in August 2019), 田子坊 is perfect for last-minute souvenir…

奧德烈·羅尓蒂 Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde. One of the most powerful black lesbian poets in history. As an undergrad focused in Sociology, I’ve recently had the opportunity to write a paper regarding Audre Lorde’s intersectional feminism theory. Intersectionality can be defined as a framework for conceptualizing people’s overlapping identities and experiences in order to understand the complexity of prejudices…