As a newly immigrated adolescent in the late '90s, I attended a public middle school, then went on to a public high school. It may have been 15 years ago since I graduated from high school, but I can remember a particular teacher named Mr. Harvard, who taught choir and band (RIP, Mr. Harvard) and… Continue reading The most distressed profession in America, according to NYT & Time
The other day, I was graced with an article in my inbox that describes perfectly the feelings of one adult Asian towards her parents and her culture. In "The Bitter Regrets of a Useless Chinese Daughter," Jianan Qian begins the story about her mother getting sick, and how she had a stroke with the ways… Continue reading What it’s like to grow up with Asian parents
Recently, on a Sunday afternoon, my husband and I experienced a strange occurrence--we were both off work for the day and our kids were in the care of someone else (my mom). I can’t remember the last time it happened--where we were both by ourselves with no children - because it happens so rarely. So,… Continue reading When it comes to exercise, it’s all in your head
This year in February, I turned 33. Eek. I cringe just typing that number. It didn't feel like I was born that long ago. For my birthday this year, I didn't have any expectations or know exactly how I wanted my thirty third year to turn out. What I didn't want was to get on… Continue reading What I’ve learned from the past seven months about myself
This morning, I listened to this episode of NPR’s The Hidden Brain in which they talked about the power of advertising. The idea being is that we are being advertised to and we don’t even realize it. They discussed a unique way of advertising to people through social media accounts such as Instagram. A light… Continue reading The REAL housewives of Instagram – do they exist?
There is a picture of my mother and I standing in front of a cactus that sits directly in front of our house in Vietnam, next to the wrought-iron gate. I must’ve been around seven or eight years old, so this was in 1992 or 1993, several years before my family and I came to… Continue reading Someday you’ll understand–and other wisdom from my mother
On a cloudy Wednesday morning last month, I signed up to do some volunteering with my coworkers. About seven of us showed up, and after our task was completed, we walked to a restaurant across the street from the volunteer site for lunch. While waiting for the food, conversations began about a variety of topics.… Continue reading Why are so many millenials hesitant to have kids?