Hello World.

I’m also a photographer, sometimes. (Photo by Chris Rodriguez)

Hello! I’m glad to see you’ve found your way to my new Medium page. Here you’ll find my thoughts on the important issues on my mind — justice, sustainability, race in America, democracy, and more. I know it’s a big task, but I hope you’ll find my thoughts interesting. Maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two. That would be somethin’.

A bit about me, then. My name is Charlie Jiang. I grew up in Hyde Park, a lovely, quaint, diverse, and insulated neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. My parents immigrated from China, in search of a deeper education and the American Dream. I just graduated from Stanford.

“The Stanford Bubble” is pretty real, and hard to escape. But the campus is filled with incredible people with amazing, diverse perspectives. There was always something new to learn. (Photo by Charlie Jiang)

In other words, my life has been one of extraordinary privilege, and I know it affects the way I see the world. But I’m lucky to have known teachers and friends and colleagues far wiser than I am, who over many years helped me begin to comprehend our world’s innumerable complexities and infinite layers. The changing climate, which is already upending the lives of millions of vulnerable people worldwide. Our broken criminal justice system and corrupt policing culture: the latest incarnations of deadly racism in this country. A rising current of nationalism and fear that threatens to drown out decades of progress in bringing humanity closer together.

They showed me hope, too. The power of organizing, of bringing people together to fight not just against something, but for something: a better society that enables everyone to prosper. The beautiful relationship between teacher and student. Courage, of which my friends and classmates have plenty.

Simple truths, which nevertheless hold unimaginable power: Integrity. Compassion. Love.

I’m a 21-year-old, Asian-American guy fresh out of college. I’m learning more about the world every day, figuring who I am along the way. These are my thoughts…for now. I hope you enjoy reading them.

By the way — I’d love to hear from you. Your ideas, your knowledge, your wisdom: they’re important to me. So drop me a line—leave a response below!

With love,
Charlie

P.S. This is a repost from my new blog, “American. Chinese. Human.” For now, I’ll be double-posting both here and on my website. So check it out!

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