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Exclusive Part Two Interview with Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

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World-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang talks about his International Music Foundation, and his vision to educate and inspire the next generation.

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Exclusive Part One Interview with Chinese Pianist Lang Lang

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Headliners & Heroes presents exclusive part one interview with world-renowned classical pianist Lang Lang. He describes his childhood in China, his passion for piano performing and his road to success.

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…

My Dreams

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Last week, a middle school friend of mine sent me two photos of him and another friend—- one just taken in California during spring break and the other one taken in our old classroom around seven years ago.  In the…

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How did Albert Cheng discover the Disney magic?

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Albert Cheng grew up as the son of a science professor, always acing his math and science courses. But after graduating from MIT with an engineering degree and working at Boeing, he felt he was not on the right path. What went wrong? How did…

A Taste of the Future of Education

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On the ninth floor overlooking the busy San Francisco downtown, everyone is working on Macs in open-plan stations. Books are stacked haphazardly in the common area, Post-it with ideas cover the whole wall, and conversation hums around the coffee bar…

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Why Did Yiming Come to America?

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A young woman from Harbin, China imagines and pursues a life of travel and adventure in America after an eye-opening trip to Beijing.

Are You Ready for Work?

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I talked and dined with a Harvard student, a new friend, last week about her career interests and job search after graduating this May. Among the numerous barriers that she has to overcome to secure a job interview in the…

Kickin’ It With Greek Yogurt

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One of my roommates in undergrad often used to say that people “go on kicks” for different types of food at different times. He once went on a steak kick, pan frying hefty t-bones once or twice a week. If…

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…

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…

When Chinese Is a Neighborhood Asset

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For a learner of Chinese, New York City is a fortuitous place to end up for a job. Especially the borough of Queens, where I currently call home. Within a quarter mile walk of my apartment, there are at least…