April Xiaoyi Xu
Xiaoyi is currently a second-year student at Pomona College in the Golden State of California, one of America's top liberal arts colleges.

She graduated from an international IB school in China as a Presidential Merit-Based Scholarship Recipient and Founding President of the conservation club Roots & Shoots.

Having been to 28 countries around the world, she is curious about international affairs, and has been learning Spanish as a tool to understand el mundo hispanohablante. In her spare time, Xiaoyi loves creative writing, blogging, reading, strolling under the sun, public speaking, contra dancing, tasting international cuisine, and karaokeing.

Entries by April Xiaoyi Xu

Flipping the Page: A Story on Growth

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:31 PM

I feel its weight in my hands. Its interesting texture. The unique scent...

The release party was wonderful. As we handed out the latest print edition of Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy (CJLPP), we celebrated the fruition of another semester's hard work.

Like other stages...

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A Wild Professor's Chase: On Office Hours

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 5:10 PM

If you were to dive into my iCal or folders, you would be sure to find tons of documents labeled "OH". It's not an exclamation, as much as I am always excited about it. Instead, "OH" is my abbreviation for Office Hours, a particularly defining element of my college experience.

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Exploring Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2016 | 5:57 PM

The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is an eccentric museum that houses objects from various geographical regions across different time periods - including human horns, a scaled model of Noah's Ark, and mice on toast. Not only is David Wilson's cabinet of wonder full of items that spark our curiosity...

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Our Beloved World: U.S. Supreme Court and Us

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:08 PM

A standing ovation. Cheers, claps; claps, cheers, followed by even more cheers and claps...

Each year, Pomona College selects a "first-year book" that incoming first-years discuss with peers and faculty members during Orientation Week, and invites the author on campus in October. This year's assigned book was none...

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Two Hours and 22 Minutes with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 10:43 PM

SETTING: Our Beloved World
CHARACTERS: All the people in it
SCENE: Pomona College, Claremont, California

Thursday, 3:30 pm. I walked out of my international relations class, trying to put aside the heaviness sparked by the discussion on the Rwanda genocide and other ethnic conflicts. The first floor of...

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The TTIP: A Challenge to China's Hegemony Dream on the Global Stage?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:34 PM

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has sparked much controversy. Noticeably, instead of focusing on reducing tariffs, the TTIP proposes to align the U.S. and EU's currently incompatible rules and regulations. Although opposition is voiced most loudly in several EU countries where citizens strongly wish to maintain their high...

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A Love Affair With Detective Conan: Anime and Sino-Japanese Relations

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Let's be frank. I will not deny that I've been fervently following the same Japanese anime series for 10 years: "Detective Conan (Case Closed)" has continued to be addictive. Whether it is for a study break during a stressful time of the academic calendar, or a holiday treat, the ever-evolving...

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Europe's Migrant Crisis: The Region's Past, Present, and Future

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Consider the word "crisis" in the modern world. Which would be the first geographical region that comes to your mind when you think about "crisis"? Maybe not Europe? At least, perhaps not until recent months, when the region became plagued with two major crises -- the financial one caused by...

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How Victorious was China's Victory Parade? -- The Potential Dangers of Looking Back

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 11:45 PM

As seamlessly as Beijing's recent parade that commemorated China's World War II victory over Japan went, how victorious was the victory parade, really? Are there negative ramifications?

The parade is significant both nationally and internationally. Within China, the parade sparked a new wave of nationalism. Not only were roads decorated with...

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"And I Ran for Senate"

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:24 AM

When the sky is rinsed in that cathartic, faint blue hue; when the soothing pools of raindrops cleanse the dryness of this land; when the only sounds that echo around our ears are the gentle "drips drops" that flow and grow over time...

That shall be when, perhaps, those words...

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April, or Xiaoyi? --A Discussion on Names and Culture

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:46 AM

"ZZzz...z-i-ao Yeee?"

"Here. Please call me April."

And here we go again. Admittedly, my given name is difficult for Westerners to pronounce. While most Chinese names are badly pronounced in terms of their tones, my name usually causes a even greater struggle, to such an extent that some of...

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Race in the USA

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 2:42 PM

America talks too much about race. America also talks too little about race. This is a line from award-winning Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel Americanah that echoes in my head. I read Adichie's book last summer, since it was the Pomona College summer reading assignment. As I read,...

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Home Away From Home

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Slowly, the dark sky is gently rinsed by hints of blue. Dark blue, light blue, lighter... And gold wash. So emerges the silhouettes of pink coloured clouds, rejoicing at the dawn of a new day.

One of my very first blog entries after I started college was on nostalgia. It...

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Hong Kong and China: 'One Country' with 'Two Systems'

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 10:15 PM

"Mind The Gap, Please."

It is another busy day. Commuters take the stairs up, line up, receive an expressionless nod from the immigration officers, and walk across the yellow line, indicating that they have crossed the border. Again.

"Please mind the gap." The broadcast echoes over and...

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Audrey Hepburn's Transitions and Transformations as an Icon

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 12:05 PM

The little black dress. The simple turtleneck. The elegant ballet flats... Audrey Hepburn's iconic image has long been associated with timeless grace, simplicity and style. At the start of Hepburn's career, however, she was regarded a counter-model to the popular voluptuous, hyper-sexualized femininity. Yet, with her unique physical attributes and...

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'Evita': Femininity, Branding, and Soft Power

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 10:42 PM

Almost a century ago, a dark and skinny girl of illegitimate birth dreamed about becoming an actress in her country's capital, Buenos Aires. Her name was María Eva Duarte (later "Eva Perón"). Not only did Eva Perón realize this childhood dream by achieving nationwide fame as a successful actress in...

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Controversial Joys: Benefits From the Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 9:53 PM

Admittedly, the first thing that I do every morning (after snoozing that annoying alarm) is to check my Facebook page for new messages, events, "likes", comments, and news feeds. This confession may not be uncommon among college students, for social media has been an integral part of our lives.

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Exploring Local Communities through Contradance

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:46 AM

Having lived in Claremont, California for four months now, I find it easy to be "stuck" in our comfortable "Claremont bubble", whose tranquil cafés, bakeries, and froyo shops have become lovely weekend escape spots. Luckily, I got to explore the surrounding communities, largely...through contradance!

Contradance is a form of partnered...

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From Secondary School to University: Story of a Transition

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Before we explore what transitioning from secondary school to university is like, let me briefly present myself to you through this virtual platform. Some interesting (okay, perhaps weird too) facades of my personality:

I tell my friends the books that I recently borrowed / bought to read outside of class,...

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The Perks of Living in a Co-Ed Dorm

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:08 AM

During the hectic college application process last fall, I forgot to research whether my dream school would use a co-ed housing system. Right before starting school at Pomona College in Claremont, California, I discovered that that boys and girls in my university would be housed in great proximity.


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