Tag Archives: interracial

A chilling reminder from Nazi Germany

Over the weekend I finished reading Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts,” which a friend recommended to me. I haven’t read much narrative nonfiction before, but this one is amazing. I could hardly put it down. It made me … Continue reading

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How to incorporate proverbs into Western culture

When I was first getting to know the man who would later become my husband, I remember being impressed by his uncanny knowledge of English cliches and phrases. “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!” he’d … Continue reading

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The power of names across cultures

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Chimamanda Adichie video explains ‘danger of a single story’

A special thanks to blogger Chantilly Patiño (on Twitter: @biculturalmom) for making me aware of this video. It’s long and deals with some very sobering issues. I would advise viewer discernment, but it’s eye-opening, amazingly done and well worth the watching: For … Continue reading

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Dining: Table or no table?

The dining table is a sight of immense satisfaction to me. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve staring over my sippie cup at all the faces around the table. In time I grew to recognize the faces: my dad, my … Continue reading

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Sorry! Coughing leads to translating confusions

When I was just getting to know my future husband, something he did always puzzled me. Occasionally I’d have a cold or a tickle in my throat and cough, and he would always say, “Sorry.” When this first happened, I … Continue reading

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Congratulations to another interracial couple!

So one of my husband’s college friends called to wish us Happy New Year and announce his engagement to his girlfriend. Except it’s not a typical engagement – she’s from the U.S. and he’s from China! It always makes my … Continue reading

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What if you have more than 1 ‘Home for the Holidays’?

A recent radio promotion encouraged listeners to submit reasons why they should be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip “home for the holidays,” and the radio station would then select people based, presumably, on how well they asked. For instance, one … Continue reading

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The art of self-entertainment (and are we losing it?)

Give a man to fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Give my husband a soccer ball, and he becomes a little kid again. (Hehe…) Some of … Continue reading

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The husband who listens too well

Sometimes I hear from wives who complain that their husbands don’t listen enough. I have the opposite problem. My husband listens too well. Inklings of this problem began to surface while we were still unmarried but just friends. I’d be … Continue reading

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