Author: Mei Yuzuki

Aaaaaand… we’re in quarantine.

Good morning, dear reader, where ever you are! I’ve spent the past two weeks or so building the foundation of Little Darlings Academy. I am currently writing to you from the top bunk of a one of two bunk beds in a 100 ft2 glorified tent called a Visible Good. Why, you might be asking, […]

One week living on the rubble

Hello from Dundas Town, Abaco, Bahamas! I’m writing to you from the same position as last week, accompanied by some tea I brought from home (matcha grapefruit), an incredibly overpriced apple ($3), and an extremely loud Christian service going on next door. A few of my “bubblemates” are here too, milling about and grazing on […]

The beginnings: dead trees, visible goods, and conch shells.

This might be the most tiring weekend I’ve ever experienced. Saturday morning started at 6 AM in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. By 7, I was on a tiny charter plane a few thousand feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Then we arrived on the island of Great Abaco, Bahamas. I think I was in a bit of […]

Just a tad uncomfy

Good morning, dear reader! I’m writing to you from a pink Airbnb in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I managed to survive a spot of motion sickness on the flight and arrived here yesterday afternoon. I’ll be staging here for about a week in preparation for a two-month volunteer trip to the Bahamas. I’m currently living in […]

Fears and reflections for the new year

Happy 2021, dear reader! I wanted to get an update out before I lost the courage to write. I think I’ve faced more fear and monotony in 2020 than in any year before. My fear originating the realization and re-realization of my lack of control, monotony from the circumstances we have all been facing. Just […]

Letters from last October

From my journal and notes on my phone. 10/19/19: Strange how for me, for a long time, China represented freedom. 10/21/19: “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life. As our interactions become bigger, broader. and fashionable, our actions and reactions become just as big. bold, and flashy, making it even easier to miss […]

Why, hello there stranger.

It’s been a while, dear diary. A few updates: I’m taking a gap year from 2020-2021 COVID-19 is still happening I’ve been in my house for four months I have worn a mask in public for about 7 months now. And counting. I promise I’ve been intending to write. Something about the monotony of my […]

The sixth attempt

I’ve tried to write this blog post five times. The first time was the first week after 2020 New Years Day. At that time, I was packing up my things in the girl’s dorm of Beijing 80, excited for a month of interrupted time with my host family, followed by a week traveling with my […]

Day of Remembrance

February 19 marks the Day of Remembrance, commemorating Executive Order 9066 that led to the forced removal of Americans with Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast to internment camps during World War II. My parental grandfather (now deceased), Michael Minoru Yuzuki, a “No-No Boy,” was interned at Tule Lake. When I visited the Japanese […]


Hello from the United States! Big update: Due to the elevated Level 3 Travel Advisory from both the Department of State and the CDC from the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of State has decided that all NSLI-Y students must depart China at this time. Change is happening faster than I can keep up with, the […]

Happy new year, from the baby chick

Happy January 1st, 2020 dear reader! I’m on my bed in my dorm, flipping between my UChicago supplemental essays draft Google Doc and a bunch of hilarious Medium articles on the worst (and best) moments of the 2010s. Pa just messaged me on Wechat, ordering me to post some sort of “New Year” update before […]


The weather is bitingly cold now. I’m sitting in the main courtyard of Beijing 80, looking past the circular topiary hedge as the sun beings to set. It’s only 5 pm, but the days are shorter now, sunlight rarer. I can see it now, though, soft hues of pink and orange in the cloudless and […]

Finding balance in a world of “chaotic good”

I’m not doing great.
I’m not doing bad, either. I think I’m somewhere in this weird mix of teenage angnst/hormones/homesickness—that, mixed in with dipping in and out of the classic “study-abroad-honeymoon-phase”, has led to me, the discombobulated mess, attempting to memorize Chinese flashcards one minute and write college application supplements the next.

On leadership, 4×100 relays, and Beijing Opera

he morning of Saturday, October 12, 2019, my dear classmates and I stood in a bloc formation decked out in full Beijing opera dress, marching onto the center stage of the track to the beat of Chinese military marches.

Nouns for America, Nouns for China

Hello from—you guessed it—computer class again! Just a quick update on my NSLI-Y life in Beijing: this past Saturday, I spent my first afternoon with my Beijing host family, the 叶 family. They were lovely—as the parents were preparing lunch for us, I sat with their freshman daughter and discussed the nuances of Greek mythology […]

Musings from computer class

Currently sitting in computer class. Here at Beijing 80, we’ve been “learning” Scratch (yes, Kai, the same computer language you learned as an 8-year-old), but it’s mostly consisted of most of the class making hilarious memes (Leila and Alec often have the best ones) and a handful of the students actually following along (oh Joel, […]

Two weeks in

Hi everyone! Wanted to quickly update while my VPN was still working (they’re going down quickly as we approach the 70th anniversary of the PRoC).  I’m hailing from the courtyard here at Beijing 80 where I’m currently eating matcha cookies and drinking mango juice, watching these two Chinese students play with a baseball and baseball […]