Caught in the Crossfire: Witnessing “Political Correctness” at Yale

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  A couple of weeks ago, I found out by accident through a share on Facebook that I was part of a team at the New York Times Chinese website that won the 2017 SOPA Awards for Excellence in Lifestyle…

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…

Mable, New York

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…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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

A letter to Baba

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Dear Baba 爸爸, Father’s Day always falls as summer begins to swell. This time of year reminds me of when we would fly from China to the United States and visit Grandma and Grandpa in Long Island, New York. The…

Leah Jarrett

Leah Jarrett

You can contact Leah at leahyjarrett@gmail.com

What travel means to me?

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After I decided to stay at Toronto for two more nights after my business trip, my husband threw me a question “What’s the meaning of travel?” He continued “Unlike people living in 50 years ago, people nowadays could just sit…

Maggie Shi

Maggie Shi

You can contact Maggie at maggie.shiqianqian@gmail.com.

Take 2

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Listening to Mark Zuckerberg’s speech to Harvard’s graduating class of 2017, I was struck by a poignant point he made. “Ideas don’t come out fully formed, they only become clearer as you work on them. You just have to get…

Alexandra

Alexandra Tirado

You can contact Alexandra at tirado85@gmail.com.

If you don’t speak Chinese, you’re not my daughter

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I remember the first time I saw Ma cry—because I made her. I was eight years old and as soon as the tears started to stream down her face, I was afraid that she would never love me again. We…

Leah Jarrett

Leah Jarrett

You can contact Leah at leahyjarrett@gmail.com

My Mother’s Choice

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I’ve never really put much thought into Mother’s Day. My observation of this day usually starts with saying “Happy Mother’s Day!” to my mom and maybe culminates with a hug. Only recently have I begun to understand how motherhood has…

Eric Liao

Eric Liao

You can contact Eric at liaoee@gmail.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…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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

Unexpected Gain in Business Travel

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Recently I went to Taipei for a business trip and spent three days there for work. The schedule was super tight, and I barely had free time to catch up with friends or to explore the city. But I still…

Lee Zhang, Shanghai

Lee Zhang

You can contact Li Zhang at zhangli0828@hotmail.com.

What if you’re rejected?

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Every year right around March I see a plethora of articles on college acceptances, success stories, and rejection stories. She knew I care about education and have been actively involved in non-for-profits that are focused on assisting high school students…

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…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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