microaggression

Storytelling & microaggressions in #TrumpAmerica

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Writing how-to's 6 Comments

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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Read your work out loud to find your voice

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 6 Comments

To rock your writing, read your words out loud — to yourself. Your most important audience will always be that Audience Of One. Over the years, I’ve used out-loud reading to transform myself and hundreds of students. But for even more proof of its value, I have tips from three bestselling authors. If we do as they say, we’ll get …

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NEWS SHOT

Chinese translation of Black Lives Matter issues for Chinese moms & dads #BLM

betty ming liu Relationships 4 Comments

Some of you might remember my blog post about Black Lives Matter. A lot of you shared this open letter pleading with Chinese American moms to stand with Black moms. But many of you also asked for a Chinese translation. Click HERE for a Chinese translation of my original, open letter to Chinese American moms about Black Lives Matter. Requests for …

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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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Ask for help

The smartest thing I’ve learned to do: Ask for help

betty ming liu Relationships 11 Comments

My parents taught me to solve my own problems. Never go to outsiders for help. In breaking this childhood cycle of isolation, I’ve learned to reach out with wonderful results. But the struggle remains: I still find it hard to ask for help. In times of need both large and small, my reflex is to save face and shut people …

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Sixty is the new serenity

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 14 Comments

I survived turning 60! And I’m here to report that tipping past the half-century decade offers new options for fabulousness. To enjoy it, I just need to get out of my own way and embrace (more) change. For instance, I’ve always been one of those people who also feared turning 20, 30, 40 and 50. I was afraid these milestones …

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