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Bad Lawyers are Good Scientists (According to my Dad)

I was talking to my dad over the weekend, and we discussed my impending enrollment in law school.  He was pretty excited about the idea and expressed his enthusiasm by pontificating endlessly about Casey Anthony, comparing her to O.J. Simpson … Continue reading

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Insanity in the Extended Family (Part 2)

My mother told me a few things in the past month that have me convinced that all upper-middle class Chinese men over age 60 are unhealthily fixated on their own demise.  At least in our family. The following story is … Continue reading

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Insanity in the Extended Family (Part 1)

My mother told me a few things in the past month that have me convinced that all upper-middle class Chinese men over age 60 are unhealthily fixated on their own demise.  At least in our family. The following story is … Continue reading

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A Typical Conversation with my Aging Chinese Dad

I was enjoying another blissful Monday of doing nothing last week when my dad called.  Back in college, he used to call me every day to make sure I was alive, but now that I’m all grown up, he has … Continue reading

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Children’s Day in China

Children’s Day in China is celebrated every year, on June 1, with joy and parental generosity.  It is the official day for hundreds of millions of doting parents to take their only children to amusement parks and zoos, stuff them full … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day to My Old Lady

My mother, who is 56 years old and, in my opinion, looks her age, went to China a few weeks ago to visit her dying mother.  Waipo, as I call my maternal grandmother, has a severe case of Alzheimer’s combined … Continue reading

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My Dad Turns 62 Today

My old man turned 62 years old today.  For the past 20 years, he has bragged about how spry and youthful-looking he is “for his age,” and I’m starting to believe it more and more because he has looked exactly … Continue reading

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