sharing is caring: #71

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1. More Asian representation in Hollywood, especially in comedy during the past few years is amazing, but will it ever eliminate stereotypes?

This inclusiveness, however, has its own limitations: Asian-American men in entertainment remain largely confined to the realm of comedy, which has always been Hollywood’s unofficial back door for marginalized performers.

Humor remains one of the few ways one can reclaim one’s humanity as a performer, to take the worst that can be said and turn it on its head.

We laugh at ourselves because we hope that the other person will understand, but also because there’s no way to speak to the anger and sadness and rage that is there and will always be there. We laugh in order to let it go.

2. On the surface, Meghan Markle is a modern day Cinderella, but I’m inspired by how she’s using her influence for good.

3. Am I becoming “why do I need venmo years old?

4. It angers me that we don’t have enough federal funding to find justice for these sexually abused children.

5. Mixed about this perspective. There is no way to make up for the difference in income for the first twenty years of different majors careers, but nice to know that everybody catches up at some point in their lives.

6. I feel ridiculous to tip for an overpriced coffee but when I’m out with coworkers or friends, I can’t help but to tip begrudgingly.

7. Note to self: delete Google’s history.


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sharing is caring: #70

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1. Tips to remember when networking or starting new relationships.

Don’t hog the conversation, ask questions and pay attention to what they say.

As famous adman David Ogilvy said, “If you want to be interesting, be interested.”

Schedule time for routine follow-ups, which can be about anything.

Send a relevant article to someone who interviewed you for a job you didn’t get. Even though it didn’t work out, you liked that person you met, and want to stay in touch. Show that you’re a good sport and still attentive to the company and industry. (Just don’t revisit the job interview.)

Say hello to someone you met at a conference last year with the just-published agenda for this year’s event, asking if they’ll be attending.

Share interesting news about your old company with a former colleague. Former coworkers are sometimes the best weak ties — you may not have known them well, but there’s a feeling of kinship. A simple note asking what they’re up to along with a story can keep the connection going, or even strengthen it.

Show you’re paying attention to your weak ties by sending them items (news, event, commentary) related to their interests. For someone you don’t know well, this will give a moment of delight and appreciation. What you send is based on what you know: are they presenting at a conference, doing research, passionate about a project, focused on an emerging trend?

5. Reinforce a connection you just made by following up with relevant information. If you just met someone and talked about mobile phone usage, send the news story you spotted on this with a brief note (“This made me think of our conversation”).

2. It’s official — childhood is ruined.Read More »

thoughts: august ’19

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I forget that health is the most important thing until I’m in pain. This morning, I woke up with excruciating back pain and I was reminded that, I better take care of my body, because I only have one.

I should stretch.

I should exercise.

I should move around.

I should take my vitamins.

All these should’s that I conveniently forget until I’m in pain. And maybe that’s why people say you need to experience pain to grow. Without these bodily pains, I’ll forget that I’m a mere mortal with an aging body.Read More »