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No More Hiding

You would think it would be hard to forget that I’m not white. I’m a Chinese-American woman, born, raised and educated in the Midwest. I was one of maybe a dozen Asian students in my high school graduating class of 400. I didn’t have a single Asian(-American) teacher until I …

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Mom Jeans, Mom Bod, and Other Insecurities

I went to New York last weekend to meet with the incoming and outgoing executive teams of Mochi magazine, where I have somehow found myself as editor in chief. Besides my standard imposter syndrome (I’ve never taken a single journalism, marketing, or business class, I can count my published bylines …

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

My favorite challenges, of course, are the ones that reward me for something I’m already doing. (This is one reason I sometimes write finished tasks on my to-do list so I can pre-emptively check some off.) So I’m participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 to try …

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As I Am: How I finally became an Asian American writer

h/t my pal Chris Paek for the genius wordplay “As I Am” You would think that being an Asian American writer would come naturally to me. After all, my parents are Taiwanese immigrants, l was born and raised in the U.S., and I write things. But accepting that identity and …

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2018 Year in Review

Looking Back What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Getting my vision corrected permanently! If you had to describe your 2018 in 3 words, what would they be? Really. Damn. Difficult. What new things did you discover about yourself? I have a great …

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Buckets Full of Rebranding

l just finished my semi-annual business identity crisis and as a result, I both rebranded and redecorated. While l don’t recommend the large quantity of identity crisis navel-gazing l seem to do, l do suggest occasionally stepping back and asking yourself a few questions. These could apply to freelancing, traditional …