The Magic of Bad Chinese Taxidermy

No matter the size of a Chinese city, if it has a museum, chances are high that one is sure to find some funky-looking dead animals there!

Need ESL Teaching Material? I’ve Got You

Goodness knows teachers have been put through the wringer and back over this pandemic. Making slides, putting together worksheets, and gathering reading materials can be tough, especially when you’re in a crunch for time.

I’ve opened up a store to help!

Chamomile Tea: Reflections on a Conversation with My Immigrant Mom

Relationships with immigrant parents are not always smooth sailing. Miscommunication, cultural differences, and generational conflicts may often mire a simple conversation, a shadow both veiling and highlighting the enormous chasm between immigrants and their offspring.

While I am reeling from my Filipina mother’s opposition to medication in this essay, I am simultaneously trying to build bridges of understanding with her through taking a breath, listening, and imagining life from her perspective.

Cloudcroft and Hiking the Mexican Canyon Trestle Trail

A village in the clouds – sounds romantic, no? Cloudcroft, an old English word meaning covered or shrouded in clouds, is a sleepy little town nestled in the high alpine region of the Sacramento Mountains. It played an important role in expanding the rail line during the early 1900s, and still remains a popular summer and winter getaway today.

In this post, I take a short look into Cloudcroft’s history and how the nearby Mexican Canyon Trestle Trail came to be.

A Tale of Two Pistachio Farms

Many people are familiar with Hatch Green Chiles, but did you know that the area around the Southern New Mexico town of Alamogordo is prime farmland for pistachios?

Of course, what would be a small town crop in the USA without a modest feud to go with it?

15 Great Nonfiction Audiobooks

Whether you’re a fast or slow reader, it really doesn’t matter! I encourage everyone to push themselves to read more. Even if you finish just one book out of the entire year, that’s still one more book that you can say you’ve read, and audiobooks sure do count! Here’s a bit about how I got out of my reading slump and some of my top recommendations from the audiobooks I’ve listened to so far this year.

There’s an Alien in My Houseplant!

Aren’t plants great? With minimal care, they can brighten up a room and provide a calm, relaxing atmosphere – that is, until you notice a little yellow tendril that shouldn’t be there!

A Journey in Self-Care

In American culture, I feel there’s more of an openness over the past decade to addressing mental health, but it’s still an ongoing struggle for it to be taken seriously in Asian cultures. In my case, being mixed and first generation, I tend to be ping-ponged between the two. In an effort to take some of the weight off my chest, I’m writing to share a bit about my background and struggles on this self-care journey. Hopefully, there’s someone out there can gain something positive out of my story, even if that is just to know that you’re not alone.

Why Wearing a Green Hat Symbolizes Infidelity in China (戴绿帽子)

No other class on a Western holiday elicits such a visceral reaction from my students, and not for reasons you might assume! It is due to green hats being the unofficial symbol for infidelity in China. What scandal started this taboo? How does it affect China today? Is St. Paddy’s Day celebrated at all in China? Read my post for answers to these questions and more!