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Having Coffee with Honourable Mary Ng, The First Chinese Canadian Cabinet Minister

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Mary Ng is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Markham-Thornhill & Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. She is a trailblazer as the first Chinese Canadian cabinet minister.**Click Below To Listen Now** And, she is a self-proclaimed fan of my Blog (What What?). Last week, she was out in Vancouver and wanted to meet me. So we had coffee, chatting about our family and our shared hopes and dreams for empowering the future generation of Asian-Canadians. On our family...I've written about my struggles with my dad and how I've been working to improve my relationship with him.

I remember reading somewhere that Mary considers her father a feminist. I was intrigued so I asked her to tell me more.

She nods and gives me a wide smile, telling me that her dad has always been supportive of everything she does.

Born in Hong Kong in the 1960's, Mary was her parents' first child. She shares with me that after her birth, family and friends approached her dad, making comments …

Collaborating with Tiny Eyes Comics: Why I Love My Mom (Part 3 of 3) - (3 minute read)

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Here is the final part of my collaboration series with Tiny Eyes Comics. Hope you enjoy!**Click Below To Listen Now** Click here for part 1. Click here for part 2.
My mom is a health nut. She's a beast at the gym and a disciplined clean eater. She won't take an Advil for a headache but she'll try a mysterious herbal concoction if it says it's it'll prevent disease XYZ. Her health is her top priority and this stems from having experienced one of life's hardest moments at a young age.

My mom loved her mom (my Por Por). She died too young and too soon to meet my sisters and me. So ever since I was a little kid, to preserve the fond memory of her, my mom would tell us this touching story.

It's the 1970's and my mom is a free-spirited yet strong-willed young woman in her early 20's. She's not one to be held down by tradition. She's a fearless bell-bottom wearing hippie on a mission to experience what the world has to offer.  So much so that she leaves …

Collaborating with Tiny Eyes Comics: Why I Love My Mom (Part 2 of 3) - (3 minute read)

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Here is part 2 of Why I Love My Mom series**Click Below To Listen Now**
Click here for Part 1
Click here for Part 3 Have you ever done the 5 Languages of Love assessment? You take a test and you find out which way you like to receive love: Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Receiving Gifts
Quality Time
Physical Touch

Mine is a tie between Words of Affirmation and Quality Time.

I've never asked my mom to do the test but I'm assuming they are Quality Time and Acts of Service.

We share one of our primary love languages so it's easy to show our love to each other that way; however, for the ones that we don't share, it takes effort because they don't come naturally to us.

I'm not a service person. I don't show my love by doing things for other people and I don't naturally feel loved when others do things for me. I can come off as unappreciative and entitled...just ask my husband who waters my plants every morning.

However, over the years of self-reflection (Really, it…

Collaborating with Tiny Eyes Comics: Why I Love My Mom (Part 1 of 3) - (3 minute read)

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One day when I was doing my zombie scroll down Instagram lane, I stumbled upon Tiny Eyes comics. **Click Below To Listen Now** Tiny Eyes is a comic series that shares slices of everyday life from a Chinese perspective. The series aims to create a fun, intimate and authentic space for those who are curious about China.
I was inspired by these comics so I reached out to Siyu, the artist behind Tiny Eyes to collaborate. I love how her comics give me a fun and light-hearted way to understand my culture better. There were so many that I could relate to, especially the ones about my mom.

So we decided to start a 3-part series, using her comics to help tell my personal stories about how much I love my mom. 

Click here for part 2

Click here for part 3

Hope you enjoy!
Every mother-daughter relationship is different. Some women can only tolerate their mothers for a moment before needing to exit the room. Other women can hang out with their moms every freaking day. 

Some are estranged and some lost thei…

Asian Parenting: Crying, Comparing and Hitting - Newstalk1010 Audio Cut (8 minute listen)

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This week, I had the opportunity to be a guest on Newstalk 1010's Night Side show to talk about my latest HuffPost blog contribution.





I chatted with Richard Crouse about my story of starting Sum On Sleeve and my perspective of stereotypical Asian parenting practices
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The segment aired on July 30th, 2018 at 8:30pm EST.
Sign-up to receive access to my 31-page eBook on A Journey to Having a Better Relationship With Your Asian Parent!It was my first time on radio and what an exhilarating experience. (I wish I didn't say so many "ums" and "likes" but I'll live and learn). 
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