How To Spend $10 Million?

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When the Chinese billionaire couple, Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin, donated $10 million to Yale for undergraduate scholarship, I wrote an op-ed for the Yale Daily News, arguing that while their intention might be good, the money should not be…

Capturing Someone’s Attention?

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What’s the most important currency anybody can give you? A compliment? A smile? A job? Or money? When you think about it, any of the above starts with someone paying attention – to you. “Attention is the most important currency…

The Day My Father Fell…

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One weekend on a sunny afternoon, while walking on the street with my mom and I, my dad accidentally stumbled onto a roadblock and fell to the ground. Suddenly, blood splashed and covered all over his T-shirt and shorts. My mom…

A Fragment of Memory about Harm

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Recently, while reading A Border Passage, an autobiography written by a contemporary Egyptian woman writer Leila Ahmed,  I found many pieces of her delicate reflections and sayings resonate deeply with me. Born in 1940 and having lived through an age…

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The Making of Alibaba: A Glimpse of Jack Ma’s Leadership Style

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In the Fall of 2014, the biggest Chinese dreamer became the biggest  headliner in America! Jack Ma, Founder & Executive Chairman of Alibaba took the global financial world by storm last Friday (Sept 19, 2014) with the biggest ever IPO…

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How did Porter discover a “Crocodile in the Yangtze?”

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When he was young, Porter Erisman thought China was this faraway place that he could reach if he kept digging deep enough in his own backyard! Years later, Porter learned Mandarin, went to business school, and found himself working for Jack…

How I See Race As a Multiracial Kid

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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love…

Fake It Till You Make It?

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​What if I tell you that I’ve been faking it, making it and forging ahead? What would you think of me? Would you think I’m a fraud, a thief, unoriginal and unethical? Or might you say – wait, it depends. What…

My Long-term Love Affair with Poetry

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I have always wanted to become a poet. I don’t know when it all began, perhaps it was when I first heard the pretty lines of Li Bai recited to me as a part of my bedtime stories, or perhaps…

5 “MUST-SEE” Movies about New York

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“If you love someone, send him to New York, for it is heaven. If you hate someone, send him to New York, for it is hell,” wrote Cao Guilin, author of the Chinese novel “A Native of Beijing in New…

Choices & Crossroads

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“Why am I here?” “I want to go home…” “Should I stay?” “Should I leave?” “Where am I going?” On this late night when I was screaming my lungs out, I was breathlessly holding onto a lamppost to avoid getting…

Do You Believe?

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Last week, the NBC “Today” show ran a special series – “Do You Believe” examining interfaith issues between generations, across cultures and within the same family. Matt Lauer’s studio interview with senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Cardinal Patrick Dolan struck…