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.

How Are You?

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I still remember the day I arrived in this country. It was August 21, 2015. I will never forget it. The 25-hour flight didn’t wear me down or refrain me from being melodramatic. As soon as my feet touched the…

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…

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.

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.

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.

Yes She Can. But How Far is Too Far?

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Last week, a Facebook post showing a photo of a smiling Chinese student in cap and gown speaking in front of a podium caught my eye. I felt happy and proud of her courage to speak in front of a…

A Guide to Eating in Japan

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I have been to Japan three times, and the No. 1 reason that I keep coming back is the food. I am a perfectionist when it comes to traveling: I want each of my meal to be the crème de…

Zara Zhang

Zara Zhang

Zara Zhang is a senior at Harvard. You can contact her at zhang08@college.harvard.edu.

A father’s love — like mountain, like water.

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Going abroad might be a carefree vacation for you, but to my family, it is a huge deal. My father will kowtow in front of the Bodhisattva and pray for my upcoming traveling a week before I leave, and my…

Quanzhi Guo

Quanzhi Guo

Quanzhi Quo is a sophomore at Colgate University. You can contact Quanzhi Guo at guoquanzhi321@gmail.com.