|Posted on July 21, 2019 at 6:15 AM|
Saturday July 13, 2019 7:20am
My childhood best friend had a middle school teacher who allowed his students to use curse words in class if they looked up the dictionary definitions first. I wonder if cultural literacy can be used similarly to prevent or transform appropriation, drag it back over the boundaries of offensive into the territory of appreciation. For example, is it okay for a non-Indian person like myself to practice yoga if I...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM|
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 11:21am
Today I want to write about privilege. Today I want to reflect upon a privilege I spend very little time appreciating. I refer to the fact that I am practicing Chinese medicine as a Chinese-American. I am culturally aligned with my profession of choice. For all that I appreciate how my bilingual-ness gives me an edge over everyone (Chinese or not) w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 15, 2018 at 2:10 PM|
It does not matter to me if you succeed.
It matters to me that you try.
I don’t care if you are bound to fail.
Try anyway. Effort matters.
I am tired of hearing my mother tongue mangled in the mouths of my students because the people publishing their textbooks cannot be bothered to put tone marks on the wo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:20 AM|
I wish someone had told me how profoundly my expectations of myself would have to change. I wish I had known that it would be years before I recovered some semblance of equilibrium. I wish someone had told me that grief can't be scheduled, that I would not be able to cry at his funeral but would burst into tears randomly at the grocery store or driving on the highway past trees whose leaves were changing color for the first time since his death. I wish I had known it would not ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM|
"I want to know how much of your life you spend just giving
and if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes?"
My daily self-care routines are fraying, a bit. Yesterday I poured myself hot water with lemon after taking my basal body temperature for my BBT chart on FertilityFriend.com (tracking BB...Read Full Post »