One of the greatest challenges for an NYC parent: Preschool

NYC is notorious for being competitive...for everything—even preschool. That’s right, we aren’t talking about college, Ivy League, Harvard...Nah. I’m talking about the institution where your kids go to play with blocks, take naps, and get milk and cookies. Parents are rabid about getting their kids into the right preschool here. Public or private, it doesn’t … Continue reading One of the greatest challenges for an NYC parent: Preschool

Growing up Asian in a Non-Asian town

Most people think I’m white. But I don’t look white. If you don’t believe me, check out this video where the interviewer calls me white at 2:29 in the video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ63QoyQgmY I'm Chinese-American. However, growing up I never quite felt fully Chinese or American. I was something else—something other. It’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and … Continue reading Growing up Asian in a Non-Asian town

When shopping for cucumbers in NYC got strange

Going to the grocery store for organic cucumbers should be boring. But this time was different. After grabbing my perfectly grown, locally sourced, and humanely treated organic cucumbers, I walked up to the checkout line. I gently laid down my produce like newborn baby, and the cashier and I shared a sliver of small talk … Continue reading When shopping for cucumbers in NYC got strange