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Volume 1

断层 / 

fault / 

然而 / 

however / 

平移 / 

translation / 

对流 / 

convection / 

近日点 / 

perihelion / 

裂缝 / 

crack / 

门廊 / 

porch / 


edge / 

质数 / 

prime / 

填充 / 

fill / 


wait / 

折叠 / 

fold / 


narrow / 


family / 

平行 / 

parallel / 

扉页 / 

title page / 

窗口 / 

window / 


rent / 

喧哗 / 

clamor / 

线段 / 

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Wenjing Li


Student, art lover





Waiting, endlessly waiting. During the lockdown, it seemed like the only thing I could do was wait—wait for the PCR test, wait for supplies, wait for the lockdown to end . . . It felt like playing with a yo-yo: time was a string with my desires tied to one end, which I kept flinging over and over into the unknown.    And yet it’s complicated to explain. The Chinese character for waiting, deng, has multiple meanings. In mathematics, it expresses a comparison between quantities, as in _dengyu _(equals) and budengshi (inequality); in sociology, it can refer to a difference between people, as in dengji (rank or hierarchy); as a verb, it’s a near synonym to dai (to treat or await). And yet I suspect that there exists an interpretation that can unite these different senses.

We can find commonalities in the multiple meanings of deng. In the numerical world, obtaining a result that is or is not “equal” requires measuring one quantity against another, for which numbers are the basic form of expression. Likewise, in the social terrain, there exist multiple ways of measuring people, as in, for example, grades to measure ability, money to measure wealth, or titles to measure status: society divides people based on the differences measured. And as an action, waiting too seems like a process of measurement: people gauge the world’s changes against their own lives. Some people are unhappy waiting for change and seek to know or even control the world’s rules in advance. Some become fortune tellers, politicians, or scientists; they invent religions, laws, and sciences. In this sense, perhaps deng embodies a form of human rationality, the sign of our thinking about and questioning an ever-changing world.