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How writing saved my life: Part 3

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 11 Comments

During my 30s, I played the Asian babe. There was a hot journalism career and cool husband. We owned a Manhattan condo with marble bathrooms and a fireplace. By day, I ran around the city, writing about immigrants. At night, I threw on a cocktail dress and hopped into stretch limos, playing corporate wife at my honey’s business dinners. This …

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How writing saved my life: Part 2

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My father’s fatal heart attack brought a weird peace to our Chinatown apartment. Yet, the tough-love patriarch still lived on in my head. I was 19, and clueless about making my own choices. There was only one thing to do. I decided to become an accountant. Hey, someone had to run Dad’s accounting office. It was a ghetto Chinatown storefront, …

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How writing saved my life: Part 1

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 14 Comments

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series about me and writing. Everyone needs to write — everyone. By the time we get to Part 3, you’ll know why your words are so important. Okay. Here we go… My Chinese immigrant parents expected my birth to make them lucky. Instead, they felt cheated. They wanted a boy. But they got …

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Storytelling & microaggressions in #TrumpAmerica

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When I showed up for my Wednesday evening communications class, the mood was miserable. Donald Trump’s victory at the polls was just hours old. Everyone was angry and scared. Most of these students are people of color, with many from immigrant families. What kind of America is this, where it’s suddenly okay to be racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-everything? …

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Vote for Hillary & save America from cheating White boys

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More than once, I’ve been involved with men who cheated on me. More than once, I stayed too long and loved too much. There’s a lot of women out there who can relate. We’re a huge voting block in the 2016 presidential election. Yet, where are the fancy experts analyzing our political clout? Then again, who would they interview, if …

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Letter to my inner child

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Hello, Little Betty. We meet at last. Even though you’ve been with me forever, this is our first real conversation. Honestly, I had NO IDEA we could talk. I thought my survival depended on shutting you out. My denial kept you locked up and locked down. But now, I’m ready to bring you home. Your days of hiding are over, …

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