2 Hanyao Zhang

2 Zhang Hanyao

Chinese students cook and eat at Lewis Hall to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Crowded kitchen

A round table

New Year’s eve.


Is there anything eternal and changeless? After the first lecture of the class, this question lingered in my head. The answer is “no” though I hate to admit it. We are looking for the eternity. We want to be forever young. We want to find everlasting love. We want to establish a permanent place to call home however, there is nothing permanent and changeless in this world. To achieve those unachievable things can be another definition of the word “dream”. In Japanese culture, “dream” is an analogy to Koi – “accentuating the difficulty (and maybe even the impossibility) of ever find- ing a fulfilling relationship” (Evanescence and Form, p.28). Dream is hakanai, happening in a period of time but disappear in few seconds. Deam is full of imaginations. In lady Sarashina’s poem, “…Spring did not forget the tree Whose branches once were white with frost.”,  she used the metaphor “Spring and tree” to express her missing of her stepmother (I am not quite sure here). The dream is full with unexpected developments – like the fictions – the plot the story is not controlled by the characters.

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