Randy Ryan

By: Joy Harjanto Because I grew up learning to play Beethoven’s moonlight sonatas, I always imagined pianists to be serious and somber, mimicking the notes of the esteemed composer himself. So when I spoke with Randy Ryan, I was pleasantly surprised by how down to earth and easy going he was. The name Juilliard also […]

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By: Madeleine Setiono “What threatens democracy?” my political science professor asked. This was back in 2016, just in time for the US elections.  One of my classmates said nationalism. I looked around and saw the class nodding in agreement– except for me. I felt like the only person in a stand-up comedy show who didn’t […]

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Bullets: Christie Hartono

By: Joy Harjanto Points have been edited for length and clarity For Christie Hartono, social media is her red carpet. She uses it as a platform to display her many passions: from beauty to music. Her Instagram feed has caught the attention of big name brands, allowing her to work with brands like Glossier, VS […]

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By: Felicia Widjaya Like most musicians, Steve Winarto dreamt of the glittering Hollywood lights. He certainly has the talent to make it in Los Angeles; after all, he received a merit scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, graduated summa cum laude, and has since won many awards for music composition. But Steve learned […]


Finding Courage In Social Movements: Why I Joined The Hong Kong Protests

By: Albert Au   This story is part of Paradigma’s Global Voices series- a platform to give Paradigma a bold, defined and global perspective through a personal voice. July 1st commemorates the handover of Hong Kong as a former British colony to the People’s Republic of China. But instead of celebrating with fireworks at Victoria’s […]

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Editor’s Note #3

Dear Readers, We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Q&A features on our “Home Away from Home” and “Finding Harmony” series thus far. To further our vision in creating meaningful conversations about passion and impact, the Paradigma team is excited to introduce two new concepts to our platform: “Bullets” and “Global Voices.” Our “Bullets” posts will […]

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Gillian Geraldine

By: Felicia Widjaya Gillian Geraldine fell in love with the piano’s black and white keys when she was only four years old. Unlike the instrument’s monochrome colors, the tunes it produces open a world of multicolored melody   — similar to Gillian’s journey in pursuing a career as a musician. Her sweet personality emits through […]

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Carol Kuswanto

By: Joy Harjanto Carol Kuswanto met us in a cafe tucked in the streets of Los Angeles on a typically sunny day. During our meeting, she identified the pitch of the song playing amid the background noise effortlessly. Carol is gifted with perfect pitch: the ability to identify or re-create a musical note without a […]

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Editor’s Note #2

Dear Readers, Thanks for following us through our first chapter of storytelling, “Home away from Home.” We hope our first batch of stories inspired you to pursue your passion no matter where you may be. For our second set of stories, “Finding Harmony,” we will feature individuals who decided to study and pursue a career […]

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