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"I've been a Good Asian. And now I want to do what I love."

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"I've been a Good Asian. And now I want to do what I love."

"I've been a Good Asian. And now I want to do what I love."

I don't know how many times I've had fellow Asian American friends, acquaintances, NAY, entire strangers (or what I like to call "future friends") say some variation on this theme to me.

They say it with this whispered tone...like we're in some kind of Catholic confessional - but we're totally not Catholic and I can see the desperate whites of their eyes, plain as day.

I've been a Good Asian. And now I want to do what I love.

This is closely related to:

  • I'm thinking of quitting my job, too, Jenny. Help!
  • I'm not happy with my job. I've sacrificed so much for a "practical career."
  • I feel so stressed all the time. I feel like if I take some time to do something creative it will take away from the energy I'm putting into my job. (E.g. photography, painting, drawing, music, dance, writing, etc.)
  • I really admire what you're doing Jenny. It's so courageous.

That last one really gets me.

Wow. You are so brave to do stand-up comedy.

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Imperfect Perfection (or why not quite right can be really great)

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Imperfect Perfection (or why not quite right can be really great)

Imperfect Perfection (or why not quite right can be really great)

This is my bedroom ceiling fan. It's what I stare at every morning to start my day. Stare at it for too long, contemplate it too much and it starts looking a little sad and confused.

The contractor was too hasty when he reinstalled it after completing renovations: one blade is crooked, he couldn't find the light cover and the thing buzzes like it's prepared for take-off when it's turned on.

But, it works. [continue reading]

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