Should I Thank My Country?

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A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 8,000th day on planet Earth with non-celebrations including going out for a run, cooking for myself, and reflecting on what those 8,000 days meant. For me, personal milestones—such as birthdays, graduations, and…

Yifu, Beijing

Yifu Dong

You can contact Yifu Dong at dongyifu@gmail.com.

Are You a Picky Eater?

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Before I had lunch with my colleague today, I never knew that a simple order of a Japanese cucumber roll could be requested “inside out” with “8 pieces cut”. Each roll is usually cut into 6 pieces. But each piece…

Maggie Shi

Maggie Shi

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

Mable, New York

Mable Chan

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

“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

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.

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.

Looking Foreign

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For Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend Brian and I went up to Maine to hike in Acadia National Park. We stayed in the most wonderful Airbnb – a waterfront property with a private hot tub and firepit. And the park…

Pallavi Kottamasu

Pallavi Kottamasu

You can contact Pallavi at pkottamasu@gmail.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.

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.