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When I saw the theme of the 2015 Met Gala, “China: Through the Looking Glass,” I was so excited to see American celebrities dressed in an oriental style, thinking it would be eye-catching for blondes and brunettes to wear cheongsam dresses. But this is a really challenging theme even for those of Chinese ethnicity because “Chinese Style” is so hard to define. China has a long and profound costume history that has been greatly influenced by various foreign cultures throughout the lengthy development of its civilization. In the Manchu Qing Dynasty, the popular clothing among the upper social class was called tangzhuang, which is the cheongsam in English, including changshan for men and qipao for women. It is probably the most representative Chinese clothing in Western culture, since it was introduced to European and North American society as an expensive and exotic style in late 20th Century. It soon became…

Have you ever tried living in a foreign country while learning a third language? As crazy as it may sound, it is not Mission Impossible because people at Stony Brook University are enjoying it, including me. Being a Chinese born-and-raised girl for 22 years, I have never imagined that one day I would be studying the Korean language in America. Two years ago when I just got to the States I could not even understand the Starbucks cashier because she spoke so fast! But now I have a bunch of American and Korean friends. Yes, the magic of language! Indeed learning a foreign language through another is something hard to imagine, but when I first started my KOR111 class a year ago, I found myself actually enjoying the challenge it brought to me. I got an A- in the class, which encouraged me to claim a Korean minor and  continue…

On  April 3rd, during the Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting, a special guest was invited to talk about the progress of online education on  campus. If you only know about Blackboard and SOLAR, you are out of date. The guest speaker, Wendy Tang, is an associate professor from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also the faculty director of Undergraduate College of Information and Technology Studies (ITS). Equipped with a solid electrical engineering background, Dr. Tang is an expert in online educational development. According to Dr. Tang, in support of the continuing evolution of educational excellence for our students and the world, the President and Provost have established the Stony Brook Online Learning Development Initiative (S-BOLD), funded initially for four years at a level of $250,000 per year. The goals of the initiative are to: Leverage online channels and technology to enhance and support the educational mission of Stony…

Although you may not be a makeup pro, I bet you have noticed that there are always some girls, sometimes boys, wearing makeup that may be out of place on some occasions. I know how you feel, trust me. Calvin Klein once said “the best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”  I say it’s not only makeup but also skills and tricks because makeup is supposed to be about harmony. No matter what your social life entails, there’s nothing wrong with creating a look that suits you and the occasion. Here are some suggestions!   Go-to Daily Look Keywords: Easy, Quick, Natural All you need: Sheer coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer One or two matte to satin finish neutral eye shadows A little bit of mascara Warm-toned blush Pinkish lip balm/lip gloss Tips: This is the easiest way to refresh a sleepy face in a busy…