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Mable, New York

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Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Reframing Failure

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“Failure is the mother of success!(失敗是成功的母親!) How often do you hear that? As a child growing up in Hong Kong, I heard that catchphrase almost every day at home, at school and from friends. I was led to believe that…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Walk, Wander and Wonder

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Are you a walker? Do you find yourself talking a walk in the woods, in a city park or garden, watching nature and losing yourself? Truth be told – I had never been a walker in a wandering, wondering way…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

How I Got Over My Jetlag?

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For as long as I have been traveling between Hong Kong and America since I was a teenager, jetlag was my biggest curse. It always hit me like a ton of bricks – in the middle of the afternoon, or…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Who Can Teach You About Life?

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Last week, I read David Brooks’s column “Mis-Educating the Young”  which opens with his lunch conversation with a former student, Lucy Fleming, a 20 something recent college graduate.  Brooks asks what she has learned in her first year out of…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

My Father and My Freedom

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  My father has never traveled to or read books about America. Neither is he a fan of American culture and values espousing freedom, independence or individuality. But what he did know was me. As my personality began to form…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

How to Talk to a Loud Man with a Big Dog?

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How do you talk to someone who looks and sounds very different from you? He is white, big, loud, with a big dog. I am Chinese, petite and a woman. On this morning around 7:20 am, we were in the…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Yes She Can. But How Far is Too Far?

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Last week, a Facebook post showing a photo of a smiling Chinese student in cap and gown speaking in front of a podium caught my eye. I felt happy and proud of her courage to speak in front of a…

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…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

What Makes You Strong?

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Everyone wants to be strong.   No one wants to suffer to become stronger. But life is a cycle of suffering, enduring and rebounding. ‘Either you have experienced adversity, or you are about to.” Daniel Gilbert, the author of “Stumbling…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Empty Nest & Me Time

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Why do you choose to live in a big city, hundreds or thousands of miles away from your parents? What are you looking for? If you are a 20 or 30-something Chinese and single, working away from your hometown and…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Lessons about my “Chineseness” from a Cleaning Lady

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I never thought I would discover a part of me that is deeply authoritarian and order-obsessed from a cleaning lady who won’t come in to clean my room. What’s wrong with my room? What’s wrong with her? What’s wrong with…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

What Intimidates You?

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When I was young, everything intimidated me and nothing intimidated me.  I used my youth and naivety to ask direct questions, seek candid answers, and show genuine curiosity. That personality trait served me well as I grew up to become…

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Mable Chan

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.