Talking to my Toddler about Race

Since I moved to the United States 16 years ago, race has been a topic that is important and intimate to me. When I started my first part-time job as an after school counselor in West Philadelphia, I was baffled by the inequalities I witnessed. I could not make sense of the drastic difference betweenContinue reading “Talking to my Toddler about Race”

The Hurt In Us (Part Three)

This past summer, my high school classmate, who is now an English lecturer, invited me to the university she works for in Macau to give a talk. We were not close friends during high school. Lately, however, we had been chatting over social media messaging platform about common intellectual interests—feminism, racism, pedagogy—and more mundanely, ventingContinue reading “The Hurt In Us (Part Three)”

On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Three)

The white sheer curtain was blowing in the clear wind from the open window. The light cedar wood floor was shining gently with the morning sun. Everything was bright and soft. The smell of the grass outside the house blended in with the crisp air. I saw a girl sat straightly on the piano benchContinue reading “On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Three)”

On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Two)

A year ago, I began teaching an online Introduction to Sociology class at a local private university. Since the university mostly offers health-related disciplines to its students, the class is merely a prerequisite for MCAT takers rather than a subject that students voluntarily choose to study. To make the coursework more meaningful and relevant forContinue reading “On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Two)”

On Becoming Panda Mom (Part One)

T was not planned. Despite that, I entered into pregnancy with hope and excitement. The first few months of pregnancy went by blissfully and quickly. During day time, I indulged myself in the sentimentality of what it would mean to be a mother, to form a bond with another human being, and to witness myContinue reading “On Becoming Panda Mom (Part One)”