Unexpected Gain in Business Travel

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Recently I went to Taipei for a business trip and spent three days there for work. The schedule was super tight, and I barely had free time to catch up with friends or to explore the city. But I still…

Empty Nest & Me Time

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Why do you choose to live in a big city, hundreds or thousands of miles away from your parents? What are you looking for? If you are a 20 or 30-something Chinese and single, working away from your hometown and…

What if you’re rejected?

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Every year right around March I see a plethora of articles on college acceptances, success stories, and rejection stories. She knew I care about education and have been actively involved in non-for-profits that are focused on assisting high school students…

Lessons about my “Chineseness” from a Cleaning Lady

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I never thought I would discover a part of me that is deeply authoritarian and order-obsessed from a cleaning lady who won’t come in to clean my room. What’s wrong with my room? What’s wrong with her? What’s wrong with…

What Intimidates You?

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When I was young, everything intimidated me and nothing intimidated me.  I used my youth and naivety to ask direct questions, seek candid answers, and show genuine curiosity. That personality trait served me well as I grew up to become…

Rediscovering “home” in the face of Trump

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Thirty days before Trump took his oath as the 45th President of the United States, I left New York and landed at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China. This was my first time back after almost 5 years since…

Be American or Be Myself

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It is said that Spring Weekend is the most popular event at Brown. However, being the “most popular” event doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will enjoy it. One time, these concerts with endless music and relentless waves of excitement all…

Coming to America: Lessons I Learned

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“What is your plan after graduation?” People often asked while I was studying at Syracuse University. “Working in the editorial section with a New York-based company, understand the industry, and polish myself. Eventually I’d like to go back to China…

Lessons From a Chinese Massage Parlor

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If you want to understand Chinese culture, I suggest visiting a massage parlor in China. I’m not talking about the high-end SPAs that you find in a Hilton or a Sheraton. I’m talking about your neighborhood massage parlor, where a…

What weren’t you prepared for…?

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It nearly killed me that summer in Michigan. I had just turned 17.  Having arrived in America for the first time, I was feeling upbeat, confident and ready for anything.  After all, I had planned, prepared for and passed several…

5 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship is Relevant to a Liberal Arts Education

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“Startup” is perhaps the hottest word of 2015. While entrepreneurship classes have become the most popular classes at many universities and business schools, this is not the case at liberal arts colleges. The attitude is typically “we are a liberal…

Food Diplomacy

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I have always prided myself on being diplomatic, willing to talk things out and find common ground. I not only thought that this was possible, but I thought for the most part, with the right approach and willingness on both…