Post CFA Freedom

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This article first appeared on WanderlustWendy.com. After 4 months, and 315 hours of studying (yes, I logged it), I sat for the CFA level I exam last Saturday. Freedom has never tasted so good. I arrived at the Shanghai Expo center…

The Day My Father Fell…

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Last 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…

Productivity and Purpose

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The first time I learned about productivity and purpose, I heard it from my mother. “Ah-mei, where are you? What are you doing?” Mom was scurrying around the house, looking for her lost keys. Already running late for her day,…

Face to Face with Japan’s Past – My Trip to Hiroshima

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Under the backdrop of lush green, the flame in the cenotaph flickered in the gentle summer wind. Flocks of school children in uniforms sang a melody of peace. I felt a powerful serenity in the air, weighed by solemnity. 70…

What Really Matters? Life Lessons From My Father

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My father is a believer, a motivator, and a romantic loyalist. A soft-spoken man with an easy laugh, he always exudes a warm light no matter how heavy his heart, how dark the days. When I think about the many…

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How did Ida Liu of Citi pave her path to success in Corporate America?

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Ida Liu, Managing Director and Head of North America Asian Clients Group at Citi, grew up in a traditional Chinese family. Her Chinese identity has played a crucial role in her career path in fashion and finance. How did she…

Finding Strength When You Feel Lost

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It was unimaginable, almost unreal. It was raw and refined, movingly personal and powerful. It was Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook post  about her mourning, coping and moving on since the sudden death of her husband David Goldberg at age 47. As Facebook…

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Video Series “The Great LOL of China”: Roommates

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China-US roommates is finally out! This sketch had more props than almost all the other sketches combined, and I now own a remote-controlled boat and a statue of Mao. Some fine summer day in the near future, I plan on…

The Zeroth Generation

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I first realized how different I was from my classmates at Harvard when I moved into my freshman dorm in August 2013. My roommate from New York, whose parents helped her with moving in, brought many times the things I…

Insecurity Beyond Achievement

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“I have to admit today – even twelve years after graduation – I’m still insecure about my own worthiness.” Just one minute into her maiden speech on Harvard 2015 Class Day last week, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman revealed one of her…

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Video Series “The Great LOL of China” Ep1: China Goggles

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In the summer of 2013, I was walking down the street near my apartment in Beijing when I saw a man on the side of the road selling a bizarre collection of goods. I stooped over his street-side carpet of…

The Power of Curiosity

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When I was a little girl, my father used to give me dating tips about what kind of men I should be impressed with. As the dutiful daughter I once was, I listened with wide-eyed wonder and remember to this…