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Crying wolf

“Petals off a Peony,” the title of my biweekly column, refers to my mother’s hometown of Luoyang, China, which is known as the City of Peonies. A single working mother and immigrant, she is the most incredible person I know. Everything I write is for her. October is here, bringing with it tortuous midterms, cheesy…

Knowing your allies

I’ve been yelled at by wild-eyed debaters all my life, so my gut instinct tells me to avoid emotional political discussions. Yet, in wake of all the confusion and horror caused by the Paris Attacks I found myself stuck spectating the very type of discussion I dreaded. A Turkish man, who I just met, was proclaiming that the world was hypocritical about Paris to my American friend.