Different Ways to Express Love

| August 13, 2012

After traveling for two days in the car, my children and I picked up my mom in Seattle. We went to a beach and biked on a family bike in the morning. In the afternoon, she wanted to go shopping at Macy’s. It would not have been my first choice, but it was also my [...]

When my children cook and clean

| December 16, 2011

If someone told me that one day, my children would do the dishes, clean the laundry, help prepare dinner, clean up afterwards, prepare their lunch for the next day … and put away their toys, I would have gone back to sleep because I would have been dreaming. Today, that dream is playing out in [...]

All the worlds a stage… and the curtains are closing

| May 9, 2011

It didn’t seem so long ago when my mother was about my age and I was 9, Jing Wen’s age, and changing my little brother’s diapers when my mom worked in the sweatshop that promised us food and shelter. I thought of this as I watched my mother waving goodbye to me from the curb [...]

Translating for mom and how it saved our relationship.

| May 4, 2011

When may parents were learning to survive in New York City shortly after immigrating from China, I was their translator for many essential purposes. By age 8, I translated: bills, contracts, directions, movies, music, the news, I was even the translator for the parent teacher conferences. When there is a need, we must decide, can [...]

Chinese New Year: Love and Gratitude

| February 21, 2011

Chinese New Year is the holiday I remember celebrating most as a child. I would wear my nice clothes and go out to Chinatown with my mom and brother. We’d walk through the streets thronged with people, dragon dances and endless noise of fire crackers. We’d wait for what seemed like hours to get a table [...]