HuffPost Personal

"With cancer, disease or dysfunction, there is no government intervention or regulation restricting care. ... No one claims cancer cells have a right to thrive."
"Each cheongsam figures prominently in my power-up wardrobe, making a conscious statement about my heritage, my culture, my visibility and my pride."
"I never leave home without pepper spray, with the safety unlocked and in an accessible place in my pocket."
"Many Korean Americans have had the comfort of community to weather the assaults on our identity. But for me, it has been an incredibly lonely experience."
"This was not just the typical conservative ideology that I had seen cozying up to evangelicalism over the years. This was something else."
"I was back in class the next day and back to work the day after that. I did not feel transformed. I did not feel sad. I was thrilled ... to have my own body back."
"For weeks, my son and I watched as our beloved Papa became skeletal in his appearance."
"He grinned as if he had the world’s best secret and could barely contain it. 'I am making something special for someone special. It’s a surprise,' he told me."
"I sat on the bench by the back door as she rolled her suitcase past me. I silently screamed, 'Please stay; we can work this out,' but her expression was determined, her eyes fixed and resolute."