I started blogging in 2008. Here’s my journey.
What my inner child wants: Let me out!
April 15, 2018
Eighteen months ago, I wrote a letter to my inner child. Come into my life more, I said. Well, she took up the invitation. Now, she wants to take over. She […]
Accepting my dad for who he is
June 18, 2016
This year, I’m giving my dad a very special Father’s Day gift: unconditional love. So what if he’s been dead for 41 years. Remember, parents never really die. Besides, it’s […]
Why Chinese American women gain weight
February 21, 2016
Ugh, I have to lose 16 pounds. Doctors’ orders. Otherwise, diabetes and achy knees will ruin my future. But here’s my other problem: Chinese American women gain weight for specific […]
Are you first- or second-generation American?
September 30, 2015
I am SO ANNOYED. When will people get this straight??! If you’re an immigrant to this country, then you’re first generation. If your kids are born here, then they are […]
5 reasons why being in a Chinese family is murder & ways to break the cycle
August 1, 2015
Jennifer Pan’s parents pushed her to be the perfect daughter. But once she grew up, she hired hit men to kill them. Her story is about more than girl gone […]
Chuang Yen Monastery — a giant Buddha in the Hudson Valley
May 6, 2015
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 […]
My money story on NPR: Chinese family vs. personal happiness
March 15, 2015
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 […]