I found a way

| September 12, 2013

When I was seven years old, my cousin told me she took ballet and showed me all the cool things she could do. I went to my mother that very day and asked her if I could take ballet too. She told me quite firmly that we didn’t have money for it. And that was [...]

Mom and Daughter Growing Together

| June 2, 2013

(Authors Note: This is the continuation of the NYC visit from April 2013. These conversations were originally in Cantonese. Translations here are done as accurately as possible.) >br> After the first night, I was a little apprehensive about the 10 more days of staying with my mother. So I vowed, this week with my mom: I will [...]

Meeting Mom

| April 15, 2013

When we first arrived at my mother’s, she was in the mist of making dinner. We greeted, we hugged… then she went back to cooking and announced that she would set us up for dinner and then go to someone’s birthday party that evening. There would be dinner and dancing, two of her favorite activities. [...]

In Paradise with Dad

| April 7, 2013

Why wasn’t dad going to his only son’s wedding? Then we won’t need to drive three extra hours to see him after flying for five hours. Does he not care any more about his family? Those were some thoughts that went through my mind before the trip. These were judgements and accusations stemming from my [...]

Summer Reflections 2012

| September 18, 2012

Perhaps if I reminded myself what a full and rich summer it’s been, I may not fall too deeply into Autumn melancholy. Things I am grateful for, Summer 2012: Visited Seattle and Vancouver BC with my boys and my mother. Ate delicious xiao long baos, dim sum, chower and sushi. Learned to appreciate and get [...]