The Observer

Cai: Noticing flaws in our own homeland

Yingying Cai, Columnist

December 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In my anthropology class, we used the caste system in India as an example of social stratification. The caste system divided Hindus into a hierarchy consisting of four main categories. It was a closed system, meaning a system with a minimal level of social mobility. Castes were inherited and not interchangeable;...

Cai: Live in the moment

Yingying Cai, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was applying to colleges, I never understood why “campus environment” was an item for evaluation on almost every college rating website. We go to school to study, not to sightsee, I thought. I held that thought until this autumn, when a shower of golden leaves poured over my head and wa...

Cai: Burst out of the bubble

Cai: Burst out of the bubble

Yingying Cai, Columnist

October 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

“Case is a bubble.” This is something I have repeatedly heard since the first day of school. On campus tours, during orientation, in class…people usually say this to reassure one another that no matter how miserable outsiders think Cleveland is, Case Western Reserve University has nothing to do wi...

Cai: Post-DACA: These are real people

Yingying Cai, Columnist

October 6, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A month has passed since the Trump administration announced the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Sept. 5. Five more months remain for the Congress to discuss its implementation. On the day of the announcement, every student, faculty member and staff member of Case Western Reserve...

Cai: A lesson from my roommate’s religion

Yingying Cai, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Six a.m. Sunday, I woke up for some reason. “Morning, roomie,” said my roommate, standing before her mirror, all tidy and dressed up. It was more refreshing than coffee to see my roommate, who usually wears Case Western Reserve University sweatshirts and flip-flops, in an ironed blouse and flats. ...

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