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ABOUT Pix

I’m the recovering daughter of Chinese, control freak immigrant parents. On this blog, I open up about my journey. Maybe reading what I went through — and know now — will get you to happiness sooner!

Main topics include dealing with relationships and family, writing tips, work skills, life skills and health. I also blog about art, food, travel and pets (two cats, one dog). The blog launched in late 2008.

The material is presented through my personal lens as a Chinese American woman. My past includes a checkered academic past, a 17-year multiracial marriage that ended in divorce, momhood and, nearly a quarter life in therapy. Writing from this viewpoint 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.

In my current life, I’m a part-time college professor specializing in writing, communications and journalism. In addition to being an award-winning NYU adjunct, I teach at 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.

Before teaching, I worked full-time in newspapers (1980-1995). I was a nationally syndicated columnist for The New York Daily News, covering diversity and the immigrant experience. Other full-time writing gigs were at Crain’s New York Business, The Newark Star-Ledger and The Hudson Dispatch. In 2012, I briefly left teaching to work as a digital reporter at Newsday & its News 12 sister TV station.

My community volunteering includes nearly a decade of service on the board for the Museum of Chinese in America (1998–2007) and, five years 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, Baruch College and Stuyvesant High School.

My late parents are both ethnically Chinese; 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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Betty Ming Liu is a blogger, journalist and professor. She teaches creative and non-fiction writing, communications and journalism. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her partner, daughter and two cats. Subscribe to her blog, at http://BettyMingLiu.com.

Betty is a college professor and journalist who blogs about her life as the recovering daughter of control freak Chinese immigrant parents. She currently teaches journalism, writing and communications at NYU, The New School and Westchester Community College. She has also taught at Sarah Lawrence, St. John’s and Baruch College. Betty is a former nationally syndicated columnist for The New York Daily News, where she covered diversity issues and the immigrant experience and diversity issues. In her spare time, she currently writes for The Huffington Post.