ZHENG: One last stand

January 14, 2013
As state censorship strangles Chinese journalism in its vice grip, it is also driving China’s brightest away from an industry that desperately needs their idealism and intellect.

ZHENG: Stop the one-child policy

November 29, 2012
The societal costs associated with China’s one-child policy today have become much too high, and its efficacy much too dubious to justify its continuation.

ZHENG: Unsatisfied hope

November 9, 2012
I have to admit, it was a little weird being an international student at Yale during election season. Everywhere I turned, I was greeted by enthusiastic volunteers reminding me to vote, friends brandishing Obama T-shirts and “Hope and Change” buttons (aren’t those out of style already?), and don’t even get me started on Facebook. If »

ZHENG: Censorship and self-censorship

October 18, 2012
I am quite embarrassed to admit that I had never heard of Mo Yan before he won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature. To be sure, he was an established writer in China, but as vice president of the state-sanctioned Chinese Writers Association, Mo Yan belonged to the official “literary circle” that often appeared impenetrably »

ZHENG: Respect but don’t worship

September 28, 2012
As Daw Aung San Suu Kyi entered the doors of the Timothy Dwight college dining hall, the commotion in the room dwindled to a hushed whisper. All eyes were glued on her as she walked briskly towards the head table with Master Jeffrey Brenzel, smiling broadly, eyes glowing. As one of the lucky few to »

ZHENG: A lesson in civility

September 19, 2012
I call my parents about once a week. My mom, always the practical one, goes to painstaking lengths to make sure that I am not overspending my money (difficult to do in New Haven), that I have been checking ticket prices for my flight back home (haven’t done that yet) and so on. Dad, a »

ZHENG: Towards a truly global University

September 7, 2012
When I first heard that President Levin was going to step down at the end of the school year, I was shocked. As an international student, I appreciate the accomplishments of the Levin administration even more strongly than most. In the past 20 years, international students might have benefited from Levin’s tenure more than any »

ZHENG: Free food cheapens our groups

April 18, 2012
As a member of the Chinese Undergraduate Students at Yale, I recently participated in organizing the Night Market event co-hosted by the Asian American Students Association and the Taiwanese American Society. Night Market featured approximately 20 booths that offered various types of Asian cuisine, activities and cultural performances. Our organization ran a booth that taught »

ZHENG: Chinese students face hard choice

April 6, 2012
In the past week, hundreds of colleges across the United States have released their admissions decisions for the class of 2016. Acceptance letters, tucked into neat packages alongside T-shirts and posters, are still being sent to anxious students everywhere. One thing is certain: More and more of those letters are making their way to the »

ZHENG: Standing by history’s side

March 1, 2012
Takashi Kawamura is the mayor of Nagoya, Japan. Yet he wasn’t representing the citizens of Nagoya last Monday when he publicly denied that the Nanjing Massacre of 1937 had ever occurred. What’s perhaps most bizarre is that he chose to make this statement in front of a visiting delegation of government officials from Nanjing, who »

ZHENG: What it takes to be a fan

February 23, 2012
It’s not easy to be the fan of a bad team. But it can be even harder to be the fan of a half-decent team when you can foresee its inevitable collapse (if you’ve been to The Game in recent years, you’ll know what I mean). Halfway into the lockout-shortened, 66-game NBA season, my team, »

ZHENG: Learning from Lin

February 15, 2012
The moment I hopped into a cab at Union Station on Saturday morning, the driver turned and bellowed into my ears: “Have you heard? LIN-SON-ITY!” At first I thought I was getting kicked off the cab, but the huge grin on his face and the paper he held in his hand gave it away. One »