immigrants

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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Post image for Off-Broadway: 10 reasons to see “Kung Fu”

Hurry — don’t  miss “Kung Fu,” a new play about the late, great superstar Bruce Lee. This colorful Off-Broadway production has actors and sets that are constantly in motion. In two hours and 15 minutes of dancing, martial arts and Chinese opera, we cover the 1940s to 1971 as we travel across Seattle, Hong Kong, […]

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Post image for Don’t be a perfectionist: 5 steps to recovery

I just rewrote my book manuscript for the third time — and it was total agony. The final, two-day push was a marathon effort involving very little sleep, six slices of pizza and lots of cookies. Did I mention that my normal diet is dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free? Haha! The past week was super-stressful because […]

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