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Mable, New York

About Mable, New York

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

Beauty and the “Lift”

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I have a confession to make: I’ve caught “Lift” fever. “Lift” as in an eye lift, face lift, chin lift, jaw line lift, etc. When and where did it begin? Believe it or not, it began recently with the young…

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Mable Chan

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

An “Apple” – “Face” v. “Core”

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When you give someone a gift, do you always consider what that person likes?  Or what you like, or both, or neither? For me, I tend to think about how the gift may make the recipient feel. With that in…

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Mable Chan

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

Beauty and the Teeth

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If being American is a crime, you need to look no further than my teeth to find sufficient evidence to convict me. What do I mean? Well, Americans are obsessed with straight white teeth. Braces are a must for middle…

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Mable Chan

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

Elevator Pitch, New York Style

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Do you know what an “elevator pitch” is? Don’t worry if you don’t, I’ve just become familiar with it myself over the past few months. Basically, an “elevator pitch” is a quick & simple pitch of an idea or a…

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Mable Chan

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

“Eat Bitter”(吃苦), and Take it Easy

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I don’t always get the essence of yoga until I feel pain. I don’t enjoy pain, don’t get me wrong – but I don’t avoid it either. Ever since I started the practice of yoga five years ago, I’ve come…

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Mable Chan

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

Self and Family – Water and Roots 喝水思源

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This summer marks twelve years since I have been naturalized as a U.S. citizen. On this past Independence Day, while I was sipping a bottle of water and watching the fireworks over the Hudson River through my apartment window, my…

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Mable Chan

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

Modesty is Not the Best Policy

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I’ve lived in America for more than 20 years now and I still have trouble answering questions like “Are you a good cook?” “Are you a good tennis player?” “Are you a good pianist?” etc etc, etc. Every time someone…

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Mable Chan

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

On “Qi” ( 顺 气)

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I attended a fantastic yoga class several weeks ago that awakened my senses and opened my “Qi” (气). Our yoga teacher Alex, a tall and fit woman, tip-toed into the studio room and began the class: “I want us to…

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Mable Chan

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

Face-Off

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Last summer in Hong Kong, I witnessed a face-off between my nephew Tin and his dad, Dave.  Dave is my older brother – a traditional, conservative Chinese businessman.  Tin is a 20-something recent graduate from college in England. We were…

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Mable Chan

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

No Sugar, No Soda, No Way!?

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I grew up on a diet that was dictated by my mother. Picture this: no cakes, no cookies, no soda, no sweets – no snacks around the house! True story. Here’s the back story: After giving birth to me, my…

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Mable Chan

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

To Question is to Challenge?

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Do you remember the very first time you raised your hand in class and asked your teacher a question? Oh yes I do. Vividly. It was one of the most horrifying and embarrassing days of my life in Hong Kong…

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Mable Chan

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

On “Face” (面子) & ”Guanxi” (关系 ) – An American Spectacle

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Watching two Americans speaking effusively to each other in Mandarin Chinese in front of a small group of mostly Chinese people is like watching Americans playing the Chinese game of “face” – a popular spectator sport in Chinese society. It’s…

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Mable Chan

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