Happy 2018

Have you recovered from the holidays yet? Did you go back to work? Are you still on break? I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018. I’ve read many posts about setting 2018 goals and working toward chipping away at them. I haven’t been as organized as most. I’m still in the process of thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. But I don’t feel as though I’ve fallen...

What’s the Problem?

As a social science researcher, I’m curious about people, innate behaviors, and the perceptions of others. The research question I wanted to explore in my dissertation partly emerged from experiences in corporate America and growing up as an Asian kid in U.S. society. Like many Asian parents, my Mom and Dad firmly believed that education was a pathway toward success. To them, victory meant...

Why I spent the past eight years (and a lot of money!) pursuing a Ph.D. program.

It was April 2002, many months after 9/11. I had relocated back to San Francisco after spending four years in New York City. Like many people, I was consistently anxious; reminded that the world was not what I had once envisioned. It was during this time that I sought to belong to something greater. For me, it meant offering assistance while being part of a community. I volunteered and helped...

Outside In

Have you ever thought about how others perceive you? And how their perception of you shapes or strengthens your own identity? I’ve thought about the concept of identity for many years now; and in the past nine years, I’ve come to understand that several factors contributed to the development of who I truly am. We are a compilation of many things. Factors such as culture, family environment...

Hug Your Younger Self

“I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.” – Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club When I was an adolescent, no one ever asked for my opinion on most matters. At mealtime, I ate the pickled side dishes that my Mom prepared. She didn’t ask if I preferred rice or noodles to accompany the spicy Banchan on...


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