Relationships

3 stories on friendship — Some relationships strengthen and some don’t

Here are my latest book recommendations for Northwest Asian Weekly: Pearl of China By Anchee Min Bloomsbury, 2010 In the southern Chinese town of Chin-kiang during the late 19th century, two young girls meet. The first girl is Willow, the only child of a destitute family. The second girl is Pearl, the daughter of American […]

The “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”

This month, I took a step back from my usual book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly and wrote a review of the stage production of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” For those who have long memories, you may remember I wrote a review on the book for the paper before I began […]

‘You look ridiculous. I look exquisite…’

‘You look ridiculous. I look exquisite…’

…said the guy dressed as Wario, the evil arch nemesis of Mario from the popular Nintendo series, to the girl with red construction paper dots all over her white Toadstool helmet.

Love lessons learned

Love lessons learned

About a week and a half ago: My editor: “What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?” Me (warily, thinking I’ve got to cover some sort of V-Day event): “Why?” Editor: “No big date?” Me (snorting): “No.” Editor:  “Okay, well I may need you to cover the City Council meeting.: Me (relieved): “Oh, okay.” Now, obviously […]

Traditional feminist: An oxymoron?

Traditional feminist: An oxymoron?

I recently read a book in which the heroine is quite a militant feminist. She scoffs at the thought of a woman wanting to get married and have a family or any sense of a “traditional” life and thinks she’s fine on her own. And while I agree that a woman doesn’t need a man […]

Appreciating small town America

Appreciating small town America

During my time writing for various community newspapers, I like to say that I’ve learned a few things. One: Starting out at smaller publications definitely helps when you’re new in the field — you get a lot more hands-on experience and more one-on-one help and mentoring. Two: Working in a small community means you’re able to build […]

Confessions of an American-born Cambodian

Confessions of an American-born Cambodian

To my fellow Cambodians I just want to say, Suor Sdey Chnam Tmey! Or to my non-Khmer-speaking friends, Happy New Year! Wednesday was the beginning of Cambodian New Year, which ends today, and like pretty much every other Cambodian family in the world, my family has plans this weekend to welcome the Year of the […]