By: Wendy Lee

For 2020, I had set the year’s theme to “Live More Intentionally.” I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve this other than being slightly more aware of my daily activities. Before getting a new job, I had booked a three-week trip to St. Louis to spend time with my nephew. I was looking forward to some quality family time. I even had lofty ideas of getting some blogging done during these three weeks.

Toddler Fever

Within 24 hours of arrival, I was sucked into the vortex of extreme toddler fever. Nothing else mattered other than undivided attention…


Here’s our latest eNewsletter!

2021 is just days away, let me wish you a Peaceful and Healthy New Year!

When the pandemic outbreak rocked our world earlier this spring, our team at One in a Billion quickly rallied together to meet the moment.

We created a safe space to talk openly about our fears of anti-Asian hatred and our individual experiences of racially-charged attacks and insults.

We expanded our Asian focus to include the Black experience on our podcast.

A 10-part series “True Colors” was produced to examine the color of our character as we rise to the challenge as…


By: Siyi Chen

Hello,

I’m Siyi Chen, an independent documentary filmmaker based in China and the US. Born and raised in Zhejiang, educated in New York, it is a natural choice for me to constantly move across borders for a documentary career in both countries.

A growing number of filmmakers like me are taking advantage of their access to multiple cultures, making never-seen-before films about China for the international audience or using their international experience to help develop a nascent documentary industry back home. There are enough of us to form a WeChat group called the “Chinese Doc Mafia.”

Some…


By: Yumi Kim

Title: ‘Gaze’
Material: Pen and Pencil on Bristol Paper

‘A strong gaze, to me, shows confidence and determination. A man maintaining this gaze exhibits persistency and our burning desire to achieve what was told was the impossible.’


By: Mable Chan

The week before Thanksgiving, I read a blog written by an initially happy mom who quickly turned cranky and punchy. “KaBOOM!” She wrote as if a speedboat just rammed into her sailboat getting ready to leave the dock. Well, her Thanksgiving trip had just been abruptly canceled. Covid, again, has torpedoed her family outings, sending her oldest child into a wailing fit — “I feel like we’re never getting out of here!”

Have you ever felt that way? You plan, you plan, and you plan, but things happened. Forces beyond your control scuttle your plan. …


With less than ten days before Thanksgiving, my podcast team and I find ourselves counting the innumerable ways that we have been challenged, and the unpredictable opportunities that have come our way in 2020.

So in today’s Season 5 True Colors Episode #10 Reflections on 2020, we each will share our voices expressing our thoughts and feelings about some of these life-changing experiences. But we will kick off with Kira Oman’s story.

Before the pandemic, Kira moved to Hollywood to build her acting and modeling career. But as the coronavirus spread and some of her family members were infected, how…


By: Karlos Chu

I think a lot about how easily tempted I was. A letter, an envelope, a particularly melodramatic delivery system, and all arguments, statistics, and Crimson exposés vanished from memory. I was a little disappointed in myself, but mostly, I was confused. I consider myself a relatively secure person. I like my life here, sans final clubs. How could I hate everything about what they are and what they represent, yet still be tempted?

BY KALOS K. CHU

There’s this scene in “The Social Network,” the 2010 biopic about Mark E. Zuckerberg’s ’06 founding of Facebook, in which…


Imagine this.

Your father is dying from Covid-19. He is being wheeled into the ICU for emergency rescue. You are chasing after his gurney pushed by a team of emergency medical workers running through the hallway of the hospital. He’s now in the ICU room and you’re shut out.

You cannot enter not because you are the daughter and an outsider. You cannot go in because you are part of the medical team. You are an insider.

Just like the rest of the team, you are in full hazmat gear covered from head to toe, not an inch of skin…


By: Shako Liu

This is a story about a three-generation Asian American family’s political differences, a story about a granddaughter and her grandmother.

This piece is extra special to me because my grandma passed away during the making of this film, and I didn’t have a chance to see her one last time or attend the funeral in person.

The grandma in this story said to her granddaughter that she was happy her granddaughter included her in her life. Only now do I understand the weight of those words. …


Today, tens of thousands of Americans head to the polls.

Our choice of the next president — Donald Trump or Joe Biden — may be hard for some, but it will have immediate and long-term consequences for America in the years to come.

Many of our listeners like you may not be able to choose your country’s leaders for a variety of reasons. But in your own lives, you often make hard choices about where to live and work, or where to raise your children. …

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