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10 days in Vietnam changes my life

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 14 Comments

Our mother-daughter dream vacation just wrapped up 10 days in Vietnam. The trip made memories that bonded us as adult buddies for life. How marvelous to have a 21-year-old adult child who is now one of my best friends. And the trip isn’t over yet! Vietnam offered us everything from nature and incredible eats to military history.¬†Gabi and I kayaked …

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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

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 7 Comments

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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How to talk to your teen about her clothes & save your relationship

betty ming liu Relationships 10 Comments

My friend emailed me, desperate. Her first-born child, 13, stormed off to school in short-shorts and a teeny tank top. This, after a huge mother-daughter fight over inappropriate clothes. My friend wanted advice. I was stumped. But when I turned to Facebook friends for help, they responded with inspiring insights that I wish were available when my own daughter was …

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