Mable, Boston

Mable, Boston

About Mable, Boston

Mable Chan is the founder of China Personified. Her contact is mablechan@chinapersonified.com.

Are you on the right track?

February, 2018

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What track are you on?  Have you gotten off?  Do you need to get back on it? Three times in the past three days, I’ve heard different friends who are in academia – as counselor and students discussing this idea…

Right to be Bitter?

February, 2018

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Pan Yabei is no stranger to poverty, overcrowding and the struggle to survive. At age 16, he quit school and left his home village in central China’s poor and overcrowded Henan province.  He traveled to Tibet to learn car repair. That didn’t…

A Wake-Up Call for the New Year

January, 2018

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  Healthy New Year?   I began 2018 with the twin peaks of a bang and a bust. One is planned, the other? Totally unplanned, unpredictable and I was unprepared.   Two weeks ago, I was wiped out by the…

Why Should I Give?

December, 2017

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Do you have giving fatigue during this season of giving? Stay with me, I am not going to preach why you should give. Rather, I want to share a story about my own question, “why should I… give?” Last Saturday…

Season 2 Episode #7: Reflections on 2017

December, 2017

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 An unexamined life is not worth living.      Socrates   What leads one to examine one’s life? A surprising setback? An unforgettable encounter? An ongoing desire? All of these experiences tend to re-emerge or surge in our memory as we…

The Danger of Thinking Ahead…

December, 2017

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He looked like he knew exactly where he was going. So I did not say a word.  He was at the steering wheel, and I was in the passenger’s seat.  We’d been to Concord before. On this Thanksgiving Day, my husband and…

Dim Sum is Family           

November, 2017

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The minute I walked into “Hei La Moon”  in Boston’s Chinatown, I felt at home. Just like Hong Kong!  I enthused. Why didn’t I know about this? The truth is, I rarely went to this side of Chinatown. I usually…

Season 2 – Episode 06: She Has Overcome: “Cracking the Code of Learning Music”

November, 2017

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She Has Overcome: “Cracking the Code of Learning Music?” She carries the good genes of music and science from the family. Her grandmothers are physics professors in China, one of them plays the piano as a child. Her father is…

Intentions v. Expectations

November, 2017

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Set Your Intention. See if you can move or be still, without judgment, without expectation. Without expectation? But, set an intention? Every time she says these words, they sound new to me even though I hear them every day (almost),…

Season 2 – Episode 05: She Has Overcome “Re-imagining an Unforgettable Past”

October, 2017

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She Has Overcome: “Re-imagining an Unforgettable Past” Kira Omans was just four months old when she was abandoned in a public walkway near a bridge in Zhongshan, China. Not only was she discovered and later adopted to begin a new…

Taking a Leap

October, 2017

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Last Sunday (Oct 1), I was invited to speak at the Faith & Life Forum at the Memorial Church at Harvard, as an alumnae, a media entrepreneur, and founder of One in a Billion Productions Inc (a non-profit 501 c3)….

Where does passion come from?

September, 2017

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NPR ran an uplifting story last month about a 10-year-old boy’s dream that caught my attention. The title of that piece speaks to me – “How much can a vision of your future self-motivate you to achieve?” Chris Sitic spent part…