Non-violent Communication

by Sean Aubin at University of Tokyo

People are an unavoidable part of life. Humans have a natural tendency to want to be with other people and we often need help to pursue the things we value. So you’d think we would have developed a better way of working together that didn’t usually end up with people getting angry and hurt, or worse never being able to feel connected to anyone you’re around at all.

Marshall Rosenberg tried to fix our ability to understand each other. He developed this system called Non-Violent Communication (NVC), which he used in a ton of different conflict situations, ranging from couples therapy to negotiating peace between warring states. There are a bunch of ways to approach and describe NVC, but today I’m going to talk about it like a system or a strategy that you can use and adapt as part of your “emotional toolbox”. So the next time you’re in a situation where there’s a lot of strong emotions, like “anger” or “sadness”, you can think about NVC and maybe it will help you.

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The Art of Tidying

by Christina Tan at Christina’s House, WAT

Do you avoid home to study because it’s too messy? Are you overwhelmed every time you have to move by just how many things you have? Then you might need to tidy. But this isn’t your mother’s tidying (unless your mother reads Marie Kondo), this is the art of being able to let go of the things you don’t need anymore and finding the stuff that sparks joy in your heart.


How to Learn Chinese

by Daniel Arrizza at Sean’s Apartment, WAT

Chinese is a super international language. Chinese people, they’re everywhere and you should talk to them! But how? Daniel talks about his journey acquiring the language and gives tips. Learn Mandarin and Simplified Chinese using the Pleco dictionary by practising with people in real life or on the Internet with HelloTalk. Over-enunciate when starting and get a learning partner. With these tools and A LOT of practice, people will think you’re a genius for learning Chinese.


Breaking the Story

by Clarke Hernden at Sean’s Apartment, WAT

One of the biggest problems in writing, is figuring out “out of the infinite amount of directions this story can go, what should I break it down into?”. Clarke brings us through some examples from TV of how it can be done correctly and incorrectly.

Jingju: Peking Opera

by Mason Kuang at Sean’s Apartment, WAT

Opera is pretty hard to navigate for an outsider. It sounds, looks and feels foreign even if you’re from the culture that it originates from. Mason guides us through Jingju opera by showing it’s motivations, methods and some of the legendary actors that have brought it to fame.