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With the Sandmeyers

Happy Book Birthday!

Good Chinese Wife is one year old today! It's been a year beyond expectation and would take another book to thank everyone who read my memoir, promoted it, and wrote reviews. These are just some photos that highlight events this first year. My book launch was held at Sandmeyer's Bookstore in Chicago on my publication date. 80 friends and family showed up that evening. I was … [Read More]

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Wedding Motorcade, Hidden River, 1995

Photo Friday

Twenty years ago tomorrow, this is what I was doing.Wedding motorcade:Red qipao:Fancy food at my family's table:Food for … [Read More]

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For the first time as a mother, I've had eight days of 5-hour stretches completely to myself. Two of my kids were in all-day day camp and the other was either volunteering at sleepover camp or on a college tour a time zone away.So what did I do with all … [Read More]

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When I was researching Shanghai for a manuscript that's now been put on hold, I turned to guidebooks from the periods for which I was writing. As a guidebook author myself, I find them to be somewhat telling of the times in which they take place. In Good … [Read More]