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Crystal Duan
Crystal Duan is an incoming freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In the future she wants to be a paid writer, meet Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and buy the world's largest supply of Hot Cheetos. Her Twitter is @duancries, her FB is occasionally hacked by friends with ill intent, and she condones hashtag usage on both platforms.

Entries by Crystal Duan

#YesAllWomen: Men, We Actually Don't Want You to Be Quiet

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 12:43 PM

"Shut up men, women are talking," is the attitude that some guys irrationally offended by this #YesAllWomen hashtag think we want to perpetuate.

And indeed, we want to talk right now. But, that doesn't mean you have to be quiet.

You can speak -- if you hear us talk first....

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#ContainColbert: Why Satire and Twitter Campaigns Cannot Mix

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:00 PM

When The Onion ran its "Fuck Everything, Nation Reports" article on the Newtown shootings, it was exceptional in its unusual refrain from controversy. The humor showed exceptional politically correct taste, not fixating on dead children or mental health or gun control. Instead, The Onion satirized the idea that...

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A New Year's Resolution for the Media From an Asian-American

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 5:27 PM

I am proud of my Chinese-American heritage. I like the fact that I'm well-versed and immersed in a culture simply through living in it at home, regardless of the assortment anecdotes I have about times there was a conflict.

But not everyone sees being bicultural in America as some kind...

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Don't Be the Next Mistake Our Country Makes

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I'm two months into my time at the University of Missouri J-school, and I'm loving it. Never have I been so intellectually provoked by this many engaged, thoughtful peers. The competitiveness of the school, which admits based on academic achievements but retains based on level of ambition, only serves to...

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No Rolling Stone News Is Bad News

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 10:03 AM

No art and entertainment junkie would ever discount the importance of Rolling Stone -- and now, neither should we as a society.

Rolling Stone's August issue houses a portrait of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, to much backlash from the media and those who...

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Stay Golden, Golden Boy

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:30 AM

The latest of a (never-ending) string of crime thrillers is CBS's Golden Boy, which tells the unfortunately clichéd story of a man's journey to becoming New York's youngest police commissioner. Bright-eyed Theo James plays his character, Walter Clark, with enthusiasm reminiscent of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises minus the empathy. While...

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To Taylor's Next Boy: Will 'I Knew You Were Trouble' Soon Apply to You?

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:20 AM

You know how when you were little, your mom told you not to touch the stove because it was hot, but you did it anyway and ended up burning yourself? That's the continuous cautionary tale that should be paralleled to Taylor Swift's love life: a proverbial lesson on impulse control....

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'Community''s Hallowalentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Editor's Note: This blog contains spoilers for season 4, episode 2 of "Community"

Instead of gobbling candy while making a face at Zooey Deschanel or Penny/Leonard or Bones or Ashton Kutcher navigating the twists and turns of "Singles Awareness Day," I enjoyed a chilling breath of fresh air...

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We Need to Change the Way We Talk About Gun Control

(152) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 9:35 AM

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
-Wayne Dyer

Although this quote was originally used in a motivational speech, I think it applies to America's perspective today. We are treating the shootings happening in this country as news stories and policy...

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When Being Excited About Owning an iPhone 5 Means You're a Dinosaur

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 8:44 AM

When I got my first smartphone for my 18th birthday, I jumped up and down like the mature adult I now was. This new contract with AT&T was my initiation into the new world; I had never dealt with using data, downloading certain apps compatible with the latest software, having...

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