Category Archives: Asia

Milton’s Milestones (Taiwan)

It’s been almost a year since I dipped my toes into the big ocean of the United States, but somehow I turned out fine. Honestly, this country seemed like a piece of cake. My hard work in Taiwan led me down this path, and America seemed like the place to show my voice the most. However, English isn’t my strong ... Read More »

California College (Taiwan)

It seemed like a great idea at the time. The duck stood contently on a rock, gazing off at the burning sun melting into the pink-orange horizon. Or maybe just at some delicious seeds on the grass, I couldn’t tell for sure. And not three feet away lay the mischievous hands of two teenage Chinese boys looking for fun on ... Read More »

The Star Spangled Immigrant (Taiwan)

Have you ever immigrated to a foreign country, landing without any prior knowledge to the language? I came to the United States from Taiwan in the 1980s, the last of my family to have immigrated to the United States since the communists targeted our family. One by one, we left quietly, avoiding communist suspicions. Being the youngest of the family ... Read More »

Part of Diversity (Japan)

“United Airlines flight 1715 arriving from Tokyo just entered gate 23 at SFO International Terminal,” the overhead monotone voice echoed throughout the airport flooding with rushing people. I exited from gate 23 to walk upon what seemed to be a flawless reflection. It was transparent, but it had a fluent motion. Was it a waterfall? I never seen anything like ... Read More »

The Importance of Teamwork (Japan)

When I was a kid, my father told me exciting stories about his business trips to America. I was always exhilarated to listen to his stories and every night, I daydreamed of going to America. When I graduated from elementary school, my father gave me an English-Japanese dictionary. After a decade, I went to Stanford Graduate School of Business from ... Read More »

Overlooked (China)

“So how’s California?” his voice pulling me from my thoughts. “It’s fine,” I reply, “Not as good as there.” “Come on, tell us all about your new friends!” My mind went blank, I had nothing to say. “There’s nothing to tell,” I sigh. They stared blankly at me. “I’m sure they can’t be that bad.” I glanced at my hands, ... Read More »

Family (China)

At first, I thought it was just a cold. He had all the signs of a cold – he coughed at night, he sneezed, had headaches, had a runny nose. I urged my husband to stay home for just a day. He worked as a waiter at the Golden Pheasant at night and ran a small pharmacy during the day. ... Read More »

A Storied Life (Japan)

Only a few short months off his ninety-first birthday, sitting cross-legged in a recliner that he had owned long before my birth, my grandfather told me, “My life isn’t all that exciting.” My grandfather is a private and simple man. He is the type that would much rather spend an evening watching a baseball game with a hearty homemade dinner ... Read More »

Overcoming the Language Barrier (China)

Journey to the West—an infamous novel known by everyone in China—describes a story during the Tang dynasty, when a monk named “Xuanzang” and his companions heads towards the west—India. The monk seeks to bring the Buddhist culture and knowledge from the west to China. As their journey begins, the group faced immense amounts of obstacles and monsters, in which they ... Read More »

Letting Go of the Philippines

“My life was better.” My mother described her former life in the Philippines, reminiscing in all of the old memories she had of her childhood and young adulthood. My mother was born in 1980 and grew up in the crowded and vibrant city of Cavite in the Philippines. In this city, she lived a standard yet fun and easy-going life ... Read More »

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