Chinese Americans in the U.S.: 2011 convention overview

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I absolutely must share the experience of my day at a Chinese American-sponsored event that offered great ideas and inspiration for everyone. Since I can be grouchy about issues related to my ethnic heritage, it feels wonderful to be totally positive (for a change). My good time took place at the national OCA convention. This Washington, D.C. -based group was …

What my daughter thinks of me

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What’s your mom like? My daughter answers that question today as our guest blogger. Taken together, her photo essay and artist’s statement create an honest, profound reflection — which is a nice way to say that I don’t come off too good…. We’ll start with a self-portrait of the photographer. Gabi snapped it over the winter, when she was still …

How to live the life you want

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Right now, the economy is so bad that it’s tempting to give in to fear. I could easily sit home worrying about finding work and protecting my investments. But there’s really only one option: I have to celebrate my life. My whole outlook has changed because of a month-long online class called “Blast Off.” I took it in June with art …

Amy Chua can’t be trusted

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On Tuesday night, I heard Amy Chua speak at the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan. Even though her whole Tiger Mom phenom disturbs me, I was curious. In the end, the opportunity to see this controversial author up close was a revelation…Wow. Amy Chua is actually a confusing, ideological mess. She constantly contradicted herself. She chattered away without providing real …