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Exclusive Interview with Chinese American Playwright David H. Hwang

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David Henry Hwang describes his passion for playwriting since college, shares inspirations and challenges that he has encountered, and gives advice to aspiring playwrights.

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Exclusive Interview with Lisa Ling

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Chinese American journalist Lisa Ling, TV host of “Our America” on Oprah Network, describes her upbringing in California, her career choice of television news and her passion for journalism.

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Why does Yaxin admire Oprah?

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Yaxin Huang of Guangdong, China, decides to pursue her American Dream against all odds.

La Vie en Rose

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I was reading “The Moon and Sixpence” in the Commonwealth Avenue Park when a guy came to me. “This is a rose for you.” At first I was embarrassed, because I always associate red roses with utmost passion, something too…

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Why does Dillon admire young Chinese dreamers in Nanjing?

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Dillon Powers has discovered his curiosity about China after playing basketball in high school with many Chinese friends in Hawaii. Years later, as a sophomore at Harvard, he flew to explore Beijing for the first time. Since then, he’s determined…

The Tiger Daughter, Intact

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Since the release of Amy Chua’s parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” in 2011, main character Lulu Chua-Rubenfeld, daughter of Chua’s, has always captured the public’s imagination. Critics have predicted that Chua’s children would grow up “friendless, robotic,…

Is Online Dating Right For You?

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“I will never tell my parents that my boyfriend and I met via a dating app,” said Alisa, a Japanese girl in her early twenties who currently works in New York. Alisa is one of the interviewees I talked to…

What’s Wrong with Tattoo?

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Imagine this. You are biting a juicy dumpling over dim sum lunch with family one day when you accidentally expose a piece of your flesh that quickly ignites a firestorm. “Wow, what is this?” the woman next to you pressed….

All the Questions I Ask Myself

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Two weeks after my touchdown in JFK, the postgrad life of being a twenty-something in NYC officially begins. This is my last idle summer before the big scary “real-world” finally arrives, and all this free time has left me with…

Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Stereotype Bingo

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“But wait? Are these things true?” “Ha! If people asked themselves that question, we wouldn’t have stereotypes!” If I perform comedy in China, I confront stereotypes of Americans. If I perform in America about China, I confront American stereotypes about…

When Will We Meet Again?

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Last Sunday, I had lunch with a friend from high school, whom I had spent a lot time with when we were both applying for American colleges. This summer, since both of us came back to Beijing, we hang out…

Experiencing the Truth About the World As I Travel

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I just returned from a week-long trip to Medellin, Colombia. When coworkers and friends asked me where I was vacationing and I responded with “Medellin,” I received responses marked by perplexed facial expressions. Perhaps, their minds were filled with visions…