I’m the recovering daughter of Chinese, control freak immigrant parents. Writing saved my life and restored my sense of self. So on this blog, I share about my journey in hopes of helping others. Maybe what I’ve been through can get you to happiness sooner.
These days, my posts focus more and more on the power of writing. In our communications-driven 21st century, everyone needs writing skills for success and and survival. This is why I provide plenty of writing tips on my blog.
But because my struggle to become a writer meant wrangling family/cultural issues, I also blog about life at large: relationships, family, work skills, life skills and health. Plus, I have a passion for art, food, travel and pets (two cats, one dog).
As a Chinese American woman, I wrestle with issues related to a checkered academic past, a 17-year interracial marriage that ended in divorce, momhood and, nearly a quarter life in therapy. Writing from this perspective led to a 2011 blog rant about tiger moms that went viral: Parents Like Amy Chua are the reason Asian Americans like me are in therapy.
As for work, I’m a part-time professor at several colleges. My specialties are creative writing, journalism and communications. You can find me at NYU, The New School and Westchester Community College. Past gigs include Sarah Lawrence College, St. John’s University and Baruch College. On the side, I consult as a writing coach and blog for The Huffington Post.
I come to my current work life after decades as a full-time, professional journalist. What a great run I had in newspapers (1980-1995). I was a nationally syndicated columnist for The New York Daily News, covering diversity and the immigrant experience.
Before that, I was a staff writer at Crain’s New York Business, The Newark Star-Ledger and The Hudson Dispatch. From 2012 to 2013, I took time off from teaching to chase stories as a digital reporter for Newsday & its News 12 sister TV station.
My community volunteering includes nearly a decade on the board for the Museum of Chinese in America (1998-2007). I also served as a trustee for the New York State Board of Acupuncture (2002-2007).
I’m a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism (1980), Baruch College (1979) and Stuyvesant High School (1974).
My late parents, both Chinese, hailed from Asia. Dad was from South Vietnam and Mom, from China. I was born in New Jersey and grew up with my younger sister in New York City’s Chinatown.
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And, for a brief version of my bio:
Betty Ming Liu is a blogger, journalist and professor. She teaches creative and non-fiction writing, journalism and communications. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her partner, daughter and two cats. Subscribe to her blog, at http://bettymingliu.com.
Or, for an even shorter bio:
Betty Ming Liu is an NYU adjunct professor and blogger.