The Good Asian or The Bad Asian — who am I?

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration 23 Comments

Okay, grasshoppers, I really need your help today. Slowly and steadily, your humble servant is progressing towards a real book project. So far, I’ve got 3.48 out of 18 chapters drafted. And now, I’m stuck. My book will be a collection of essays sharing what I’ve learned about getting the life I want. It will deal with how my Chinese …

Facebook can hurt college applications

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 8 Comments

When I went to College Night at my daughter’s high school last week, I was totally shocked to hear that colleges hire experts to snoop around the Facebook profiles of prospective students. Ever since then, I’ve been thinking about how hard it is to be a kid. Sure, the guidance counselors talked about application deadlines, financial aid and SAT scores. …

Wishes for my kid’s fall semester

betty ming liu Relationships 7 Comments

So today, I’m here shamelessly campaigning for my kid’s video from her summer camp experience. She was in Tanzania doing community service, helping to build a school in the village of Njoro. In July, when Gabi caught a flight out of JFK International for her life-changing trip, she left as a somewhat spoiled 17-year-old kid who had all the comforts …

Meeting Asian American bloggers in L.A.

betty ming liu Travel, Writing how-to's 12 Comments

Ready to try something new? While I don’t think of myself as an Asian-American blogger, the intrepid Betty Ming Liu is flying to an Asian-American bloggers’ convention in Los Angeles. Even though I’m a little nervous, I’m sure it will be fun. As you know, The Ethnic Identity Issue can get messy for me. After all, no one asked me …