While I’ve come to be very fond of America and really enjoy Europe with its breathtaking natural and architectural beauty, I really miss Asia and the part of me that is deeply Chinese right now. In the very texture of the language, Mandarin is deeply expressive in ways that English is painfully deficient. Music tunes this up. In considering the different parts of my identity and the life that I want to have, it feels very much like I’m straddling two (more?) worlds that cannot be easily reconciled.