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Home Made ZongZi Recipe 粽子食譜

Like pasta, every home cooks that makes them has his/her own recipe. When asked, they can’t tell you. These are both family traditions and spontaneous creations. ZongZi is the same. There are restaurants famous for it, and homes that make … Continue reading

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Grape Arbor

I couldn’t sleep, thinking of how to construct a grape arbor in an imaginary backyard. Months later, over a weekend, two of us did a version of just that. With the remainder wood stock, we then made two benches. The … Continue reading

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RSU in your paycheck

Say you are a highly coveted skilled worker in a hyper-competitive industry. This is a good day. You received two job offers for similar jobs. Both seem challenging and fun. Two companies are both publicly trading. They are comparable by … Continue reading

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Trust them, or Fire them

There are two ways to achieve success: hire the best people for the maximal responsibilities, or hire with just enough skills and supervise them at depth. You would think most executives will go for the first and you will be … Continue reading

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To be right or effective?

Google the title. My browser returned 650 million hits. Decades ago, an executive tossed this question to one of my colleagues. She was stunned and stumped. So was I. Since then, I have never asked this question to anyone, since … Continue reading

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Sadly, this is already a gun country

I know so many gun owners (myself not being one). When a long-time acquaintance dined with me in Austin, TX, he was carrying: a 9mm in a pancake holster, concealed. A colleague, in Seattle, told me he had over 20 … Continue reading

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Life is full of filters

An epiphany came when we were cleaning our dishwasher, after almost 10 years of blissful neglect. GE engineers failed me. To clean the dish washer, I needed to remove the top rack first. That required two plastic stoppers with the … Continue reading

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Time exists only when heat exchanges. Heat exchanges only when particles interact with each other. Really? Read on. Imagine a pendulum that swings back and forth and imagine it swings with no heat exchanges what-so-ever. Since there cannot be any … Continue reading

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A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World

In 2006, I visited the village where my ancestors settled late in the Song Dynasty, about 800 years ago. I found myself in a village where half the inhabitants shared my last name and probably more were my blood relatives. … Continue reading

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On Aging

What’s the deal with aging? Gosh! Everything time I hear “For people of your age..”, I brace myself for the onslaught. Fragility, senility, dementia, low-T, hypertension, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, bone density, cancer, … Nothing good comes after that opening. … Continue reading

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