AAPINH Thoughts

I’ve been asked to think about and respond to the following questions: How do your parents say I love you? When people ask you where are you from how do you want to answer them? What does AAPINH Leadership look like to you? These are… Read More

The Greatest Gift

One of the greatest gifts we can offer people is to embody nonattachment and nonfear. This is a true teaching, more precious than money or material resources. Many of us are very afraid, and this fear distorts our lives and makes us unhappy. We cling… Read More

A note from 10/26/16

Live beneath your means. Return everything you borrow. Stop blaming other people. Admit it when you make a mistake. Give clothes not worn to charity. Do something nice and try not to get caught. Listen more; talk less. Every day take a 30-minute walk. Strive… Read More


Mental. It usually hits hardest when you’re alone with your thoughts, thinking about your thoughts. Deep into yourself, it can be hard to get out and see. The things that are important. The things that are outside. The things that maybe matter but really don’t.… Read More

Why We Run

Freedom ain’t free. Something needs to be said I think about the joy of running. The simple pleasure of moving forward and knowing that you are going somewhere – even if that somewhere really is nowhere. The synchronicity that occurs when mind and body come… Read More

Fighting for Familiar

If living abroad has taught me anything, it’s that no matter where you go, you take yourself with you. Who you were where you were, will be who you are where you are going. That despite the change of scenery, a personal change can only… Read More

The Chinese Curse

I have spent my whole life feeling ashamed of being Chinese … And to be honest, even today, sitting here in my apartment located within the Middle Kingdom, I, a so called “ABC” or American Born Chinese, hesitate to embrace the fact. I hesitate because… Read More

Looking Up

I spend a lot of time laying on the floor and staring at the ceiling. And as a dancer I think it makes sense – the floor is where I feel most comfortable. But lately, I’ve been thinking more about the ceiling and what it… Read More

Living With Roaches

There are definitely roaches in my house. Not like big ones, but roaches nonetheless. Cockroaches. I feel like it’s such a gross, dirty word. I’ve gotten myself into the habit of cleaning my house when I feel like things in my life are not the… Read More

Make Peace with Imperfection

This mornings chapter from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. I’ve yet to meet an absolute perfectionist whose life was filled with inner peace. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other. Whenever we are attached to having something a certain… Read More

Moving Onward

I’m sitting right now in the second story of Di Cafe next to Monomer Hostel with my computer plugged into an outlet that doesn’t seem to be working, sipping on a steaming hot Americano and munching on french fries wondering what it means to be… Read More