Find Your Edge

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We love pushing our limits, juggling many balls in the air and finding our edge. But how do you find your edge? It’s too late if we overshoot and fall off the cliff. We could do ourselves grave danger. During yoga practice…

The Color of Love

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Do you fantasize true love as romantic and passionate with little or no conflict? Do you fear fights and dread flaws? Do you flinch from differences that could bring you discomfort? My father once tried to make me promise him…

Find a Way In

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It sounds silly. It’s just a game. But in an instant, it became serious, taking our breath away. While lying in bed checking breaking news on his i-phone, my husband suddenly started screaming hysterically…“Ha! HA! Hahahaha, haHA….!!!” I dashed out…

Happy 2017!

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One in a Billion Podcast I want to thank all of you for tuning in, liking and sharing our podcast  “One in a Billion” since it went live last summer. We have produced 12 episodes in six months and scored a few…

Episode #12: “Reflecting on 2016 ”

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  Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #12  (6 minutes) Reflecting on 2016 How often do you hear these questions – “How high have you scored?  How many hours do you work? How much have you done?” Quantity is, of…

Episode #11 “Are You Home for Christmas?”

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  Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #11  (11 minutes) “Are You Home for Christmas?”   This year, I’ve promised my husband to be in Boston for Christmas and New Year. For the first time, it hit me how important…

Episode #10 “What Makes You Different? ”

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  Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #10  (15 minutes) What Makes You Different? How often do you feel different from your peers in America? Under what circumstances do your find your values at odds with your immediate cultural environment?…

Episode #9 “Why Not Me? Part 2”

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Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #9  (17 minutes) Why Not Me? Part 2 The first time I wanted to deny that I was Chinese, I was 17 years old facing another 17-year-old. She was tall, blonde and huge, from Chicago. “Where…

Episode #8 “Why Not Me? Part 1”

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Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #8  (16 minutes) Why Not Me? Part 1 Snap Judgments. Stereotypes. Implicit Bias. They exist everywhere, across and beyond Harvard. When I was a graduate student in the Regional Studies East Asia Program,  I…

Harvard EdCast: One in a Billion

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Harvard EdCast: One in a Billion BY IMAN RASTEGARI ON OCTOBER 26, 2016 4:47 PM In launching her media startup, China Personified, international television journalist Mable Chan wanted to shine a light on the personal stories that make up her home country. “Storytelling…

Episode #7 “Face Our Fears”

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  Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #7  (13 minutes) Face Our Fears I spent most of my 20s pretending that I had no fears. Fears are messy. They mess up my optimism, my can-do spirit, they hold me back….

Episode #6: “Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?”

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  Listen to the Podcast DOWNLOAD Episode #6  (10 minutes) Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? Before I launched my media startup in 2012, I never imagined that one day, I would form a company to create a digital platform for…