Adoption Jokes are Not Funny to Me

It upsets me when I see films poke fun at adopted children.   I’m a big Marvel fan, so I was sadly disappointed by that scene in the Avengers movie.  Remember it?  This was the dialogue while the Avengers were on the helicarrier. Bruce Banner : I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki.  That guy’s brain is a bag full ofContinue reading “Adoption Jokes are Not Funny to Me”

2020, a year of Vision, Focus & Insight

Another year comes to pass, and a new year is on the horizon.  At the turn of each year, there’s an anticipation of what’s to come.  What doors could open?  What goals will be accomplished?  What changes will happen?  What decisions will be made?  Who will we meet?  The eagerness of a new chapter bringsContinue reading “2020, a year of Vision, Focus & Insight”

What is an Asian American?

When I watched “Crazy Rich Asians,” I identified with the majority of the cultural elements portrayed. The movie not only raises awareness about Asian culture, but also about the ongoing enigma of the Asian American identity and experience. I’ll never forget a question that a professor posed in my Asian American Studies class at UCContinue reading “What is an Asian American?”

Heroism is Rising Above Mediocrity

As many of us are excitedly anticipating the upcoming sequel to The Incredibles, I think of a line from the first movie that easily stuck to audiences. Bob: They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity. Bob was never satisfied with living a status quo life with a solid paying job in a suburb. ComfortContinue reading “Heroism is Rising Above Mediocrity”

Adoptive Dad 26: Step Towards Independence but Not Aloneness

Last night on Nov 13 was a big step for my 4-year-old boy. He slept by himself in his own bed, in his own room for the very first time. This morning when I saw him, I asked him, “Did you sleep in your own bed last night?” He beamed with a big smile andContinue reading “Adoptive Dad 26: Step Towards Independence but Not Aloneness”

Why We Need Beauty: Ideal

Beauty has value because people will pay for it, and yet beauty in our culture is generally perceived to be superficial and insignificant. Within this oxymoron, we’ve seen how beauty evokes substantial responses from people with the attention people give to beauty, the esteem people attach to it, and the price people pay for it.Continue reading “Why We Need Beauty: Ideal”

Human Dignity is Core to Our Humanity

Respect – why is it a necessary social value and what does it have to do with creativity? We especially recognize how essential respect is when someone treats us disrespectfully. Consider how fundamental respect is. Someone can’t say he/she loves you and yet treats you disrespectfully. While love and respect are not the same things,Continue reading “Human Dignity is Core to Our Humanity”

Beauty This Christmas

The Christmas season is a time that’s both celebratory and somber for many, as we celebrate hope and joy and close the year, like ending a chapter.  We tend to wonder about the worth of the past year and feel the excitement and intimidation of being at the threshold of another new year.  I findContinue reading “Beauty This Christmas”