immigrants

Post image for 5 reasons to love the Hastings-on-Hudson farmers market

It’s that time again here in my hometown! The farmers market is setting up for the summer at its outdoor location overlooking the Hudson River. There’s something special about buying stuff grown and made only a few hours away. It makes me feel connected to the earth. Good for the soul. And, the stomach too. […]

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Post image for Chuang Yen Monastery — a giant Buddha in the Hudson Valley

With the older folks in my family dying off, I’m going to a lot of funerals. They’ve become affectionate occasions to catch up with relatives. The latest gathering surprised me because I found diversity in the most unexpected location. When people from Chinatown and Queens choose cremation, their survivors make the 90-minute drive north to Chuang […]

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Post image for My money story on NPR: Chinese family vs. personal happiness

As a huge fan of National Public Radio, I’m THRILLED to be featured on Marketplace. The NPR show, which is about personal finance and business, wanted to know how my immigrant parents impacted my money values. This is one of my favorite topics. How we handle our finances is so revealing! Follow the money trail and […]

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Post image for New study on Asian Americans & their $ issues: Making America Work

What are the economic realities of being Asian American? For the many answers to that question, a new report was released today. It’s filled with interesting details, including comparison numbers for Latinos, blacks and whites. With a population of 17 million, Asian Americans account for 6% of the people living in the U.S. — as […]

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Post image for Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

I began the Year of the Sheep by making a painful decision about Lucky, our ancient cat. My first act of the new year was to put him to sleep. Dealing with death is considered a no-no during such an auspicious holiday. But Lucky was a black cat with great vibes, enough to overcome Chinese […]

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Post image for The end of the spring semester & what’s ahead

Well, we did it — we’ve made it through Spring 2014. After an endless winter that left everyone exhausted, another college semester is about to end. Yay! I love this time in the teaching cycle. By now, my students and I know each other very well. The classroom has gotten noisy and cozy; no one […]

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