Jeffrey Yuen’s Classical Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Lately, so many people have been asking me for holistic health solutions that it’s time to give you a proper introduction to my Chinese medicine go-to guy, Jeffrey Yuen. More than two decades ago, I met Jeffrey in Chinatown and started taking his classes. Today, he’s a great family friend who still constantly inspires me. Thanks to him, I have …

Becoming more Asian and, more American

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Tell me the truth — do I really have to spend the rest of my life wrestling with ethnic identity issues? Can’t I just be me? What the hell does any of this mean anyway? More than half a century of personal soul searching has not brought much resolution: Decade #1 (Ages 0-10): Hated being called “Betty Liu”/”Betty Lou.” Decade …

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 …

Fear — and getting over it

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I just turned 55. And I am scared. The feeling reminds me of quarter-life angst except worse. After all, a half-life crisis involves twice as much emotional baggage. But thankfully, there’s also the potential for twice as much wisdom — which I discovered during a birthday morning visit with the shrink. My regular Monday session began with the same issues that …

Sky Foods, the 2nd new big box food store in Flushing, reflects Asian population boom

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There’s a grand opening this Saturday for yet another humongous Asian supermarket in Flushing. It’s a jaw-dropping sign that New York City’s consumer base is shifting. Imagine: The number of residents of Asian heritage has surpassed the 1 million mark. That’s more Asians than you’ll find in both Los Angeles and San Francisco put together. Today, one out of every eight …

I’m proof that slackers can fulfill their dreams

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. But my parents told me to be a doctor. To thwart their plans, I screwed up in college. So instead of teaching the ABCs, I covered my college transcript with A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s. Somehow, I eventually went from this passive-aggressive disaster to Columbia University’s Graduate School …