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Publishing: Great advice & ideas from Asian American Writers Workshop

June 26, 2016

Picture¬†a century-old, Renaissance-revival style meeting hall in downtown Brooklyn, with stately Corinthian columns and vaulted, 40-foot ceilings. Fill it with a youngish, multiracial, multi-gendered crowd. They are novelists, poets and […]

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Linkedin tips to feel more successful

January 31, 2016

I’ve watched so many students and friends set up LinkedIn profiles. They go from resistant, to fascinated. By the time they’re done, they’re sporting a success glow that’s better than […]

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Let’s share immigrant stories as #MoreThanALabel

September 30, 2015

I’m thrilled that America’s future social workers have asked me to join their campaign against immigrant discrimination. To stop the name-calling, abuse and violence, they are using a very 21st […]

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Who is first- and second-generation American?

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 […]

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5 interviewing tips that work in journalism and real life

May 31, 2015

My parents raised me to be polite and nice. That meant keeping my mouth shut. I guess my decision to become a journalist was a form of revenge. After all, […]

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Fight gun violence: Moms Demand Action march

May 9, 2015

A new experience: For the first time ever, I carried a sign and participated in a march. It was liberating, necessary and — now that I know what marching feels […]

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How my students talk to me with Twitter

April 30, 2014

Oh, those crazy kids! Twitter is taking off with my college students in surprising ways. They feel it’s fly to tweet. They have no trouble being coherent in 140-characters or […]

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