“Aya.” “Ayo.”

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I was packing for my trip, drinking wine and listening to an embarrassing amount of Disney music (and also maybe singing an embarrassing amount) when I was struck with a memory of the last time I’d been to Europe. I…

Pallavi Kottamasu

Pallavi Kottamasu

You can contact Pallavi at pkottamasu@gmail.com

Cooking is My Therapy

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My dad never runs out of vocabularies describing the taste of a dish. He is such a food enthusiast who loves to eat and cook. When there was no internet in my childhood, he was a walking cookbook with many…

Maggie Shi

Maggie Shi

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

Do You Still Stay in Touch with Former Colleagues?

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Last week, I visited Tokyo with two of my former colleagues whom I worked with for about 9 months in 2015 at a global public relations consultancy. Though all of us had left the company, we still keep in touch…

Lee Zhang, Shanghai

Lee Zhang

You can contact Li Zhang at zhangli0828@hotmail.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

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…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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

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.

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…

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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