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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.

Capturing Someone’s Attention?

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What’s the most important currency anybody can give you? A compliment? A smile? A job? Or money? When you think about it, any of the above starts with someone paying attention – to you. “Attention is the most important currency…

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Mable Chan

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

Fake It Till You Make It?

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​What if I tell you that I’ve been faking it, making it and forging ahead? What would you think of me? Would you think I’m a fraud, a thief, unoriginal and unethical? Or might you say – wait, it depends. What…

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Mable Chan

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

Do You Believe?

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Last week, the NBC “Today” show ran a special series – “Do You Believe” examining interfaith issues between generations, across cultures and within the same family. Matt Lauer’s studio interview with senior Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Cardinal Patrick Dolan struck…

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Mable Chan

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

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,…

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Mable Chan

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

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…

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Mable Chan

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

What’s Wrong with Tattoo?

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Imagine this. You are biting a juicy dumpling over dim sum lunch with family one day when you accidentally expose a piece of your flesh that quickly ignites a firestorm. “Wow, what is this?” the woman next to you pressed….

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Mable Chan

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

A Perfect Vacation

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Rome! Two weeks ago, our first stop in this five-day fantasy-fueled real-life attempt to reenact the American movie classics Roman Holiday was Castel Gandolfo.  Also known as the Papal Summer Palace about an hour’s drive from Rome, this is where the…

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Mable Chan

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

Becoming Independent

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On Independence Day in 2000, I was sworn in as an American citizen in New York. It was a historic euphoric day for me. But I would be lying if I didn’t tell you – it was also painful. Looking…

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Mable Chan

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

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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Mable Chan

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

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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Mable Chan

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

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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Mable Chan

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

Who Do You Want To Be?

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On this gorgeous afternoon last Saturday, I sat around in a circle on the Great Lawn of Central Park, ruminating on the nature of decisions with a group of China Personified network friends and members. Except for me, everyone belongs…

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Mable Chan

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