Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn't What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the "model minority" myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research. ...more

The Hamster’s One Person

Last week, I finally capitulated and let Little Brother adopt a hamster (you can read about how that came about over at Mom.me). Then a few days later, HapaPapa took the boys on a long camping trip, leaving me to...more

I’ve Got a Double Stroller — and I’m Not Afraid to Eat Out

Image Credit: Calgary Reviews via Flickr This was my first Editor’s Pick...more

Hapa T-Shirts and Other Clothes For Mixed-Race Families

Summer is time to live in shorts and a t-shirt, and I’ve been meaning to share some wonderful small businesses that make it easy to wear your heart on your sleeve. Read on to learn more about four companies that are creating Hapa t-shirts and other items to celebrate the Asian mixed-race experience. 6 Degrees of Hapa I had the pleasure of meeting ...more

Growing Up Code Switching

We all wear a lot of hats — or masks, sometimes — but those of us who move between different cultures are especially familiar with adapting our speech patterns, mannerisms, and other practices depending on what group we’re around. It’s called code switching. If you are an immigrant (or child of immigrants), live in an ethnic community, or are in a multiracial family, chances are you do it too ....more

Can Konmari Help My Family?

Hold it in your hands, and ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?” Marie Kondo’s mantra is now my mantra. My family happened to be moving back into our newly remodeled house at the same time that Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing...more

Taiwanese BBQ Chicken for the 4th of July

This post is sponsored by our partners at Honey Maid as part of the #ThisisWholesome campaign. Like many Americans, we love to celebrate the 4th of July by spending time with friends and family, with a neighborhood bike parade and barbecue, followed by a bonfire and fireworks. The celebration of freedom is important to us for so many reasons ....more

INTERVIEW: The Sisters Are Alright' According to Tamara Winfrey Harris' New Book

Tamara Winfrey Harris, whom many BlogHers may recognize from her blog What Tami Said, has a new book called The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America....more

Do Your Kids Visit the Grandparents By Themselves?

Image Credit: frankieleon via Flickr Now that my boys are getting a little older, it seems that it’s pretty common among for kids to spend a week or two each summer at their grandparents house — without the parents. Over at Mom.me this week, I’m writing about what happened the first time I sent my kids on a plane without me… and the surprising thing that helped me calm down. My husband and his brother grew up going to his grandfather’s farm for a few weeks each summer ....more

I'm a Code Switcher and I Want You to Know Me

“You’re really malleable,” a new friend commented during our freshman year in college after seeing me navigate my way through many different social situations and with Type-A premeds and introspective literature majors, with people of various races and ethnicities. ...more
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