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Do you believe in fate?

I mostly don’t. But sometimes, I must admit it feels like there’s an invisible hand putting me and some people together, only to later tearing us apart just for fun.

But again, I think it’s just because we choose our own destiny.

I first saw…


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September 21, 1999.

It was an ordinary night. Warm and humid, like any other typical September night in Taiwan. My wife Leah had just had surgery for her melanoma and needed absolute peace and quiet, so I slept with our almost-two-year-old son Mike in the next room. Our six-month-old boy…


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I’m from Taiwan, a small island next to mainland China. With an area of a little more than half of West Virginia, we squeeze a population bigger than Florida. When I was a kid, to get into senior high schools or colleges, one should pass the annual entrance exams. Many…


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Graduate schools are expensive. According to this article in U.S. News, a two-year full-time graduate program can cost $100,000; more if you’re thinking about a Ph.D. …


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First, let me briefly tell you about my personal journey to my Ph.D. Hopefully, it gives you an idea about what it takes, and what you might be able to do if you want a Ph.D. with a limited budget too.

When I arrived in Hawaii for college, I had…


Afterlife
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Since I was a kid, I found the concept of death disturbing. Not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I witnessed a relative trying to commit suicide right in front of my eyes when I was about 5 or 6 (it failed, luckily). Did that…


Common sense is dangerous
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The other day my mom asked us kids a question: “What is knowledge?” She asked because she watched a film of a kid with Tourette Syndrome who beats the odds and becomes a teacher. It’s said to be based on a true story. …


Self-pity
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One thing I remember very clearly about my childhood is seeing my mother’s self-pity. I remember her drunk and crying while singing a song about a lonely orphan (she was physically and emotionally abused by her own mother). Once she told me a story about a tale of a man…


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Since I was a kid I’ve had digestive problems. It’s probably from my dad; he has serious digestive issues. I often had irritable bowel, and in high school I had a bleeding ulcer in the duodenum that almost killed me. I think that’s partially why I become a “food Nazi,”…


Become a college professor
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Many undergraduate students ask me about what career paths they should go, and many tell me they want to go to graduate schools. Some even tell me they want to be college professors. …

Mark Chu

I’m an associate professor in psychology at a small university in southern New Mexico. I like playing musical instruments, basketball, and writing stories.

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