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Rescuing A Heroine’s Voice Haunted by Tradition

...I don't think heroines choose to be one, they become one. For my Chinese mother, her heroism grew from her wanting to count as someone, in part because it's who she is, in part because she's come from a line of strong women who were so constrained by the limits set

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“God Bless You”

Recently I came across a situation that "woke" me up from my cultural assumptions as an American. I was purchasing an item at a convenience store where the person behind the counter was of South Asian descent. It was just the two of us, a slow pace in the store.

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Career Women Deciding To Become Moms

It's a unique experience for each woman who faces this point in their life. The breadth of choices and considerations.  Fears and hopes.  Looking back and looking forward.  Consequences.  Trade-offs.  Our world of career (especially for us overachieving types) can suddenly collide with our hopes (and fantasy) of motherhood.

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Reaffirming Self in the Company of Friends

There’s something magical about sharing the contours of our deepest thoughts, hopes and fears with lifelong friends; friends whom you trust, with whom you share similar core values.

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Seeking Recognition is Self-Respect

We are all human beings, seeking responses for our actions. When we don't talk about the progress we've made at a team meeting, the team doesn't respond with an understanding of our humility and recognize the work that's been done.  Instead, we are met with puzzlement, disinterest and distance.  We become invisible.

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In Times of Difficulties…

"In times of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements." Choose to remember the good, choose optimism, possibility and joy...

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What is American Small Talk?

Perhaps one of the most confounding aspects of American culture for international students and professionals is our habit of "small talk". Well, American small talk is not about the conversation's content. Small talk is a way for us to feel comfortable with others when we first meet, to address the awkwardness

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What is Your Vocation?

Have you ever noticed that when you talk about your professional life to others, you talk about your “job”, “how’s your job going?”, “are you looking for a job?”.  I was talking to someone the other day during which she lamented that too many young people are using their college education to

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A Point about the Amy Chua Phenomenon…

I think most of us have heard of Amy Chua in the last couple of weeks, made into a phenomenon because of her book on being a Tiger mother and purporting a superior child raising approach that is attributed to an ethnic identify. I must say that I have felt sucked

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Awakening to Our Greatness: In Memoriam

As a child of Chinese immigrants, I know (as do others like me know), that we have been taught to repay our parents' sacrifices with our filial piety, respect and societal success. I would say my father and mother would place "living our life purpose" at the top of the list