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 …

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 …

How to take great news photos & get published – 9 tips from Chuck Zoeller of AP

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If you want to be a photojournalist — or just wish your photos had a more exciting, newsy edge — meet Chuck Zoeller. For the past 24 years, he’s been in the center of things at the Associated Press, the world’s largest and oldest news-gathering organization. Founded in 1846, the AP has a global news team of 3,700 that includes …

Blogs, Twitter & Facebook for folks over 50

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While I love having people over and feeding them, today was a first: my guests included a blogging couple. So we spent a good amount of time photographing the meal for our various blogs and chatting about Twitter. What made this even more remarkable for me was that everyone at the table was well over 50 years old! That makes …

Making Chinese dumplings with Kian Lam Kho at the Institute of Culinary Education

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Last night, I got out of my kitchen to take my first real cooking class. After years of teaching Asian cooking classes to kids, I finally got a chance to play with food myself! What a great learning experience. The four-hour, $120 workshop was called “Discovering Dumplings.” It was held at the Institute of Culinary Education on W. 23rd Street …