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I knew who I was. I knew my voice was powerful.

During my first year at Brown, I built an online education platform that helped Brazilian students find jobs. When I saw a generous alumnus offering office hours through the entrepreneurship center, I got excited about the prospect of showing him this side project. He had a successful career in startup investing, and I was eager to learn from him to benefit my project. This is going to be a perfect match, I thought to myself.

While I was waiting for my turn, I overheard a conversation between the alumnus and another student mentee. Just like me, he was young and…


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Model Breakers is about the struggles we all experience, the struggle to be fully ourselves.

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In the 2016 United States Presidential election, the Chinese American voting demographic had one of the lowest voter turnouts. This would indicate Chinese Americans don’t organize, or feel disenfranchised around American politics, which supports the model minority myth that Chinese are “naturally” quiet. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are, after all, talking about the same people who organized the Tiananmen Square Protests — one of the most revolutionary movements in recent history.

Granted, Chinese immigrants need a job to survive and a visa to stay. While it is convenient to fit in and follow the rules, it…


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We all want to be seen, and only then can we embrace who we are.

This metaphor is inspired by Chris Liu, and this art is designed by Eva Huang.

Modern life is packed with artificial food and flavors. These foods look attractive yet lack nutrition. They fill our stomachs yet empty our souls. Turns out, the farmers’ market is well-positioned to solve this problem.

I still remember the first time I stumbled upon the farmers’ market in downtown Mountain View. I smelled the garlic-flavored breakfast burritos, saw piles of avocados spreading across the stand, and was drawn towards the orange juice stand. How can I resist a freshly squeezed OJ on a sunny Sunday morning?

Foods here did not have the best look, at least not as color-coded as…


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52 newsletters. 33 podcast episodes. Hundreds of lifehacking guides.

After a year of writing online, I decided it was time to reflect on how I could become the best creator I could be. Since March of 2020, you’ve received 52 Friday emails, 33 podcast episodes, and hundreds of lifehacking guides. This sheer volume of work has accelerated my growth. And if I could use Joseph Stalin’s quote, “quantity has a quality all its own.”

Every day, I challenge myself to get a bit more vulnerable. Through the year, we’ve studied the principles of writing, working, and storytelling. …


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Model Breakers is about the struggles we all experience, the struggle to be fully ourselves.

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Why Now?

In the 2016 United States Presidential election, the Chinese American voting demographic had one of the lowest voter turnouts. This would indicate Chinese Americans don’t organize, or feel disenfranchised around American politics, which supports the model minority myth that Chinese are “naturally” quiet. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are, after all, talking about the same people who organized the Tiananmen Square Protests — one of the most revolutionary movements in recent history.

Granted, Chinese immigrants need a job to survive and a visa to stay. While it is convenient to fit in and follow the rules, it…


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Maybe you haven’t realized that the time you spend living is content creation in progress.

I don’t write full time.

I have a day job as a product manager.

I sit in meetings all day and sometimes have to work through nights.

Yet, I managed to write 200 articles in 200 days. Let me tell you how I did this.

Why did I write 200 articles?

When my bridesmaid, Evelyn, ended her long-distance relationships, I wanted to share my experience with her. I didn’t feel ready, but I knew Evelyn would benefit from hearing my story. I had something to say and someone to read my work, so I leaped to publish my first article on how to make long-distance relationships…


Have you ever received any bad advice?

If you’ve ever had any mentoring, you have probably heard this disclaimer, “Take it with a grain of salt,” at the end of each session. Ironically, I have overlooked this final bit of advice for the longest time.

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Last summer, a friend told me that people are bad at giving advice.

One reason is that giving advice is easier than understanding. There is a saying that “all advice is autobiographical.” Another reason is that many “advisory” figures are often too far away from where you are at. They may have simply forgotten what it is like to be in your shoes. …

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