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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.

Check out my full resume on LinkedIn.com. I’m also on:

And, for a short version of my bio, here are two versions you might like:

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 Ming Liu is an NYU adjunct professor and blogger for The Huffington Post.