Season 2 Episode #7: Reflections on 2017

December, 2017

Mable, Boston

 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…

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

November, 2017

Mable, Boston

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…

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

October, 2017

Mable, Boston

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…

Season 2 – Episode 04: She Has Overcome Part 2: “Keep Climbing”

September, 2017

Mable, Boston

She Has Overcome Part 2: “Keep Climbing” What would you do when someone tries to break you down, yelling at you saying “You’re the worst!?” What would you do when no one believes in your startup idea, saying “it’s too…

Season 2 – Episode 03: She Has Overcome Part 1: “Breaking Barriers”

September, 2017

Mable, Boston

She Has Overcome Part 1: “Breaking Barriers” What would you do when you hit a storm in the middle of climbing to the mountain top?  Would you stop? Would you keep going? She would keep climbing. Why? What would you…

Season 2 – Episode 02: “Free to Speak?”

August, 2017

Mable, Boston

Free to Speak? In America, freedom of speech is a First Amendment right enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The right to speak our mind is not only valued in the American culture but expected in our liberal democratic society where voices are…

Season 2 – Episode 01: “Are you Chinese?”

July, 2017

Mable, Boston

Are You Chinese? It sounds like a simple question. But why would someone ask it? And what makes it difficult for someone to answer it? Eric Liao, our blogger/podcast intern at One in a Billion, started writing a blog about…

Season 1 – Episode 12: “Reflecting on 2016 ”

December, 2016

Mable, Boston

Reflecting on 2016 How often do you hear these questions – “How high have you scored?  How many hours do you work? How much have you done?” Quantity is, of course important. It is a metric of output or outcome….

Season 1 – Episode 11 “Are You Home for Christmas?”

December, 2016

Mable, Boston

“Are You Home for Christmas?”   This year, I’ve promised my husband to be in Boston for Christmas and New Year. For the first time, it hit me how important it is to him that we celebrate Christmas, not in…

Season 1 – Episode 10 “What Makes You Different? ”

December, 2016

Mable, Boston

What Makes You Different? How often do you feel different from your peers in America? Under what circumstances do your find your values at odds with your immediate cultural environment? How do you assert your sense of uniqueness? Listen to…

Season 1 – Episode 9 “Why Not Me? Part 2”

November, 2016

Mable, Boston

Why Not Me? Part 2 The first time I wanted to deny that I was Chinese, I was 17 years old facing another 17-year-old. She was tall, blonde and huge, from Chicago. “Where are you from?” She taunted me as I was…

Season 1 – Episode 8 “Why Not Me? Part 1”

November, 2016

Mable, Boston

Why Not Me? Part 1 Snap Judgments. Stereotypes. Implicit Bias. They exist everywhere, across and beyond Harvard. When I was a graduate student in the Regional Studies East Asia Program,  I had experienced attitudes and comments that were sprinkled with…