Hanwen Zhang
Staff Columnist
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ZHANG: America, on trial

Among other things, America is the only country in which a 17-year-old can set his hands on an AR-15, shoot three people, shed a few […]

ZHANG: Back on the swings

Pardon the politics, but that Tuesday night was rough. The last time Virginia- — my home state — voted for a Republican presidential candidate had […]

ZHANG: All our villages

A few things: my parents liked Ben Franklin well enough, but they absolutely adored the Beinecke and walkways on Cross Campus. They tried out Sherkaan […]

ZHANG: Every last drop

Perhaps it’s an inevitable part of human nature to grow numb. In the words of a mildly cynical Chinese saying: get bitten by too many […]

ZHANG: Do it Again

It feels oddly like the first day of my first year all over again, except this time, fuller. More alive. More vibrant, too, as if […]

ZHANG: 20 years later

I wasn’t here to see them, the planes. The fire that turned to smoke that turned to ashes. The 110 stories of steel and glass […]

ZHANG: Settling down roots

Some of my first initiation rites into American society took place in the vintage green booths of a Burger King. It’s a bit of a […]

ZHANG: Forsan Et Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit

“A joy it will be one day, perhaps, to remember even this.” —Aeneid Last week I noticed that my town’s main street started the daily […]

ZHANG: A spoonful of sugar

An average vaccine typically takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years to develop. Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca finished theirs in a matter of months, cobbling […]

ZHANG: History in the making

Malcolm Gladwell has a memorable voice. He speaks in silky, lilting syllables tinged with just a touch of graininess. He times his pauses. He talks […]

ZHANG: Climb every mountain

We were walking in a picture-perfect Connecticut afternoon. The soft breeze chilled our fingers, and the sun was beginning to warp our shadows as we […]