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Subtle Asian Traits

What happens when a handful of high-school students start an invitation-only Facebook group?  Apparently, it resulted in 1 million users in 3 months, with an average of 500 posts a day. No joke.  Subtle Asian Traits, a closed Facebook group, started by 9 Asian Australian students in Melbourne is now a global cultural phenomenon. Initially, the group was just going to be a place for close friends to share jokes and memes about growing up in both East and West cultures. But its extremely relevant and resonating cultural memes quickly attracted Asian descendant from all over the world. It is now one of the most popular groups on Facebook. 

Year of the Pig Part II: The SeQueal

Feb 19th marks the end of Lunar New Year celebration. Now it is a good time to reflect on great indulgence and prosperity - aka WAY too many dumplings and excessive shopping :S.  In Part I of the Year of the Pig Dose, we briefly touched on major brands, like Coach, Pandora and Gucci, created dedicated Lunar New Year collections. It is no surprise luxury brands are heavily invested in this traditional Asian holiday. With Asian Americans' pursuit of affluent lifestyle and Chinese Economy growth rates at 5%, brands are rushing to harness their purchase power during this important cultural occasion.


Happy 2019 and the year of the pig!  After 3 month of maternity leave, I can honestly admit I've never been so eager to return to work. Motherhood has been the most challenging job I've ever had. Like most Chinese my generation, I grew up as an only child, knowing nothing about babies. It was quite a journey learning to change diapers and burp babies. That being said, the most challenging part is the cultural difference of motherhood between East and West. As my first Dose coming back, I want to share some of these cultural differences.

The Year of the Pig

Gong Xi Fa Cai!  In Chinese that means “May you attain greater wealth.”  This is a common greeting that over 2.1 Billion people around the world will wish each other in celebration of the Lunar New Year (LNY) on February 5th.  Growing up in South East Asia, I have been very privileged to have celebrated LNY in other countries around the world. I always remembered receiving red envelopes from relatives, family, and friends which contained “lucky money,” a traditional gift during the new year, and stuffing my face full of dumplings and celebratory foods.  LNY celebrations last up to two weeks in some countries.  Although these are my fond childhood memories, I should probably explain what LNY is.