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RELATIONSHIPS

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CAREER

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INNER SELF

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INSPIRING STORIES

Read inspiring stories from members of our community and Asian thought leaders and changemakers on breaking the bamboo ceiling, maintaining wellness, and finding alignment in their lives.

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Recent articles

Interview with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Joseph Choy on Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity, and Mental Wellness for Asians

INSPIRING STORIES

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Interview with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Joseph Choy on Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity, and Mental Wellness for Asians

In our latest inspiring story, we interviewed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Joseph Choy on the importance of practicing mindfulness, the power of our brains to establish new patterns of behavior, and the steps we can take to start normalizing mental health, especially in the Asian culture. 

5 Stages of Healing Old Wounds  In Order to Move On

INNER SELF

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5 Stages of Healing Old Wounds In Order to Move On

In my practice, I ask clients what they think the opposite of pain is. Without fail, everyone answers with the word “joy.” Imagine you’ve just broken your leg, and someone comes along and says, “Don’t think about how it hurts right now, focus on how good it will feel when it’s healed.” Seems ridiculous, right? 

Mental Wellness and Flower Phototherapy in Japan

INNER SELF

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Mental Wellness and Flower Phototherapy in Japan

In Japan, there is a term called "karoshi," which means "death from overwork.'" Japan has a longstanding brutal office culture where long hours and taking time off work beyond the absolute minimum is not an option (according to government figures, in 2018, workers took only 52.4% of their entitled paid leave). Guilt, the mental stress of competing with your colleagues or being seen as "incompetent," and the striving for perfection are some of the reasons that contribute to intense work culture. The term "karojisatsu" (which translates to overwork suicide) was coined after the rise of suicide from occupational stress or overworking. 

Changing Our Money Mindset by Debunking 5 Common Money Myths

CAREER

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Changing Our Money Mindset by Debunking 5 Common Money Myths

We all have our own money beliefs that were either inherited from our childhood, learned from school, society, the people around us, or formed through our own experiences and traumas. Some beliefs are true, and some are far from it. When you have false beliefs and based your decisions on those belief systems, you may feel like things are not working out no matter how hard you try. Breaking free from your limiting beliefs or myths (as I like to call them) can open up the doors to opportunities and help you manifest your financial goals. Below are 5 common money myths that could be keeping you from achieving financial abundance.

The Dark Side of 5 Asian Foods and What to Eat Instead

MIND & BODY

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The Dark Side of 5 Asian Foods and What to Eat Instead

If your house was like my house growing up, you always had to finish your plate, and you didn't have much say in what went on it. Your plate may have consisted of a few main ingredients: rice, protein, and vegetables. How do you know the difference between what was good or bad as a child? We only know what we know and continue in life. With diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease on the rise in Asian populations, I want to share with you some dark secrets behind five of the most popular Asian ingredients and what you can have instead

Learning to Forgive My Asian Father, Develop Self-Acceptance, and Break Generational Trauma

RELATIONSHIPS

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Learning to Forgive My Asian Father, Develop Self-Acceptance, and Break Generational Trauma

My grandfather left my father when he was young. This not only left my father as the “man of the house” at an early age but also left an emotional void that would eventually impact his relationships with his children. Growing up, I would see my peers be showered with physical affection from their parents. While my Korean mom was very affectionate, my Chinese dad withheld his physical love – even a hug to this day feels awkward. The duty or “job,” as he calls it, of being a parent meant providing financially for his children and giving them the opportunities that he was denied of. He was by all measures a dutiful parent in that sense. He gave us the freedom to pursue what we wanted. Yet, like many Asian parents, he held high expectations of how we carried ourselves in the world, especially when it comes to our academic performance. Having good grades was naturally rewarded, and doing poorly was met with a disappointed look. I grew up working hard, constantly working towards something in exchange for winning my father’s affection. Like him, I became diligent and resilient in my academic and career pursuits. 

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