Why Game in Asean? 

For gaming developers and publishers, the time to enter the ASEAN gaming market is now. Growth of the gaming industry in the region is expected to exceed any other market for the next three to five years.  Future Ready Singapore, March 24, 2016

Expats and Their Parents: Sharing in the Adventure Abroad

Conventional wisdom holds that parent-child relationships tend to suffer when adult offspring move overseas. But there’s another side to the story. Having expat children can spur parents to pursue their own life-changing adventures. Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2016

Op-ed Response to NYT’s Nicholas Kristof: The Real Asian American Advantage

Asian Americans aren’t necessarily smarter or faster than anyone else. But what we Asian Americans do know that non-Asian Americans don’t, is that we still aren’t equally welcome in every field in America. Brown Girl Magazine, November 5, 2015

Guns at Home or Air Pollution Abroad: An Expat Ponders Her Options

When one family considers whether to return to the U.S. from Asia, they find themselves confronted with the question: Which is more dangerous: Asia’s air pollution or America’s gun problem? Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2015

Does Asia Still Need ‘Traditional’ Western Expats?

Five years ago, the majority of expats in Asia were Westerners on short-term assignments with multinational corporations that offered generous housing, schooling and travel packages. That profile is changing. Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2015

Traveling Home for the Summer? Expat Tips on What to Expect and How to Cope

Every summer, thousands of expats make the pilgrimage back to their home countries to reconnect with family and friends. Expats around the world weigh in on what to expect and how to get the best out of this summer travel. Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2015

What Makes the Expat Lifestyle So Addictive?

Long before glitz and glamour came to accompany corporate packages, Ernest Hemingway likened expats to addicts.  The accusations have stuck, with a few updates through the ages. According to critics, today’s expats are adventure-junkies who live like royalty outside their home countries. They’re hooked on domestic helpers and padded salaries. A heady cocktail of money, status and adrenaline is their drug. But is this really the nature of the expat “addiction”? Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2015

How to Create a Winning Business Plan

Most entrepreneurs cringe at the words “business plan.” Either they view the document as flat and lifeless, one that reflects little of their passion. Or the writing of one is a chore born out of a purpose – to raise money, secure a lease, win key employees. Or the exercise exposes weaknesses they aren’t ready to address. In all cases, it’s something they would rather not see or make. Turnpoint.io, May 25, 2015

The Expat Education Dilemma: Local vs. International Schools

When I moved to Shanghai in 2007, expat parents had two choices for their children’s education: local Chinese schools or international ones. But now, due to a loosening of Shanghai schools’ admissions policies and the increase in returnee and Mandarin-speaking expats, international classrooms are almost 50% Chinese and local schools are filling their bilingual streams with foreigners. Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2015

Good-bye Shanghai

I never wanted to move to Shanghai. China was my husband’s vision and when his chance to come here arrived, I had to choose between my own comfort and his dream. At the time, I was smug and happy in New York City, just naïve enough to think a year or two on the other side of the world wouldn’t change very much. City Weekend Shanghai, February 2015

Travel Around the World

Before children, my husband and I stayed at B&Bs, appreciated wine, visited art galleries, and traveled for jazz. Then we had children and discovered resorts where we could use playrooms and pools to keep our kids busy while we vacationed. It seemed we’d go this way indefinitely until my father died last summer. He was an avid traveler who took his family somewhere at least twice a year. Just six months before he died, he and my mother joined my family in Vietnam where he tried windsurfing - at sixty-two. Shanghai Family, September 2014

Ending the Santa Lie

When I was pregnant, I promised myself I would never lie to my children. Fast forward six years, and like all parents, I’d learned to justify the Santa lie by putting the “magic” of Christmas above telling the truth. While other parents swooned about how adorable their kids’ trust was, I felt maintaining the fantasy was just another way to feel unappreciated. Santa got all the credit for those awesome gifts when it was me who did the choosing, paying and wrapping. City Weekend Shanghai, April 2014

Being Nationless

After six years as locally hired expats, I’ve come to realize my family’s decision to someday leave Shanghai will have to be a big fat shove out, by me. Knowing my husband doesn’t make decisions quickly, I started tapping on his shoulder last September. Hey, look, they’re moving steel factories to Jiangsu. See this terrible air pollution reading? Notice our collection of asthma inhalers, antibiotics, and allergy meds is growing? City Weekend Shanghai, March 2014

"Role Models"

Recently, I was on the phone with a fellow mother who expressed concern she was becoming increasingly absent from her daughter's life. As a non-native Chinese speaker, she was struggling to keep up with the demands of her daughter’s Chinese school. “I’ve outsourced my housekeeping, babysitting, driving and now tutoring. I have no idea what my daughter is doing most days.” City Weekend Shanghai, February 2014

Tech Troubles

Children and tablet use was the topic of much media debate over the holidays, as experts everywhere weighed in on whether giving iPads for Christmas was good or bad. I opted for good; both my kids got iPad minis. I used our long trans-Pacific flights as justification. City Weekend Shanghai, February 2014

The Meaning of Home

When I returned to Shanghai in September, I felt a distinct ache to pack up my things and move back home. I told myself this was because my father had recently died and that the feeling would pass. But by Thanksgiving, I found myself buying notebooks and Ikea house decorations with images of New York. I played the song “Coming Home” on repeat. City Weekend Shanghai, January 2014

Moms Can Be Wrong Too

Every parent has something they vow never to do their kids. Mine has always been to not be over-critical of my children. At first, it was easy. One expects a baby to drop things, a toddler to resist eating all their vegetables, a 4-year-old to not go to bed easily. City Weekend Shanghai, January 2014

The Mom Job

I was invited to a dinner in honor of women leaders in China, as a friend’s guest. Normally, I resist these sorts of invitations, feeling my roles as freelancer and mother aren’t impressive. But lately, I’ve been asking myself if there's another way to look at my life. I'm still professionally accomplished, just moving in lockstep with motherhood, at a slower pace. I decided to leave my insecurity at home and take my confidence out of the closet for a change. City Weekend Shanghai, December 2013

Market Watch: Shanghai Start-Ups

While it has never been easy to make money in China, according to today's business owners, the start-up environment is getting tougher. This is largely due to the convergence of two trends: an increase in competition and a decrease in the availability of capital. City Weekend Shanghai Home & Office, November 2013

Leaving China

Over my five years in Shanghai, I’ve come to expect the question, “How long will you be here?” on the really gray days, whenever a new food scare hits, or school nears an end. There seems to be an unspoken expectation among expats that everyone should have an answer to this, or at least be thinking of one. To not is almost like saying, “I’m blind to food safety. I don’t care what I’m breathing.” It makes you look slightly imprudent. City Weekend Shanghai, October 2013

Teaching Your Kids About Money

Last year, I read in a parenting book that children should get an allowance not because they earned it, but simply because they're part of the family. I took this advice because it sounded modern, respectful and liberating. I was wrong. City Weekend Shanghai, October 2013

A Death in the Family

When I arrived at my parents’ home this summer, my mother met me at the door in tears. Instinctively, I distracted my kids with some toys before going in to see my father (known as Pepe in our family). His face immediately shocked me. City Weekend Shanghai, August 2013

Expat-Proofing Your Relationship

Most couples heading to Shanghai focus on the tactical and practical aspects of their relocation. They hire movers, engage real estate agents, and identify schools. Once here, they find grocery stores and hire ayis to help them. While many couples know that moving to China will add stresses and strains to their lives, most do not think to seek adequate support where they may need it most - in their own relationships. CARE: Mental Wellness in Shanghai, Issue 4, July 2013

Money Woes

My husband and I recently engaged in the awful task of budgeting. I like to view money as a benevolent, ever-present friend. But upon completing the exercise, I came to wonder if money wasn’t more fickle than I thought. I felt recklessly abandoned. City Weekend Shanghai, July 2013

I Hate the Beach

Family vacations aren’t always a walk in the park when everyone has their own agenda. My daughter, Manika, hates the beach. My husband, son and I can spend hours making sand castles and dozing on beach chairs. But the moment my daughter hears the word beach, she chants: “I hate sand in my bum. I don’t like ants. It’s too hot.” City Weekend Shanghai, July 2013

The Cultural Heart of Appreciation

Last June, I ended a three-year relationship with my ayi. I told her it was for logical reasons—the commute was too long and my kids had started school so I didn’t need the full-time help. The truth was, she’d hurt me. City Weekend Shanghai, June 2013

Family Meals from Trusted Meat Sources in Shanghai

I’d just gotten sort of used to the idea of dead pigs rotting in my water when my husband forwarded me an article on bird flu. City Weekend Shanghai, May 2013

Preschool Hunting

Last Saturday my family jumped out of bed at six in the morning full of purpose. My five-year-old daughter had her first primary school interview at a prestigious bilingual school. City Weekend Shanghai, April 2013

Building a Family Away from Home

Recently, I found myself in the middle of a triangle of tension between my two closest friends in Shanghai. They’d gone out one night (I wasn’t there) and had a moment of misunderstanding. City Weekend Shanghai, April 2013

Do you suffer from Pollution Paranoia

Last summer, I was so amazed by Shanghai’s blue skies that I wrote emails home with subject lines like “Eerily Blue” and “Who Turned off the Factory Lights?” City Weekend Shanghai, March 2013

A Roadmap to Betrayal & Back Again

Shanghai brings many unexpected changes to the lives of expats but most don't anticipate this might include infidelity. Overwhelming culture shock, stressful jobs, and isolation opens many avenues through which cheating can enter a relationship. CARE: Mental Wellness in Shanghai,Issue 1, Spring 2012

Knowing Your Fruits and Vegetables

Buying produce in Shanghai often feels like gambling. You put down your money, and hope you’re not going to lose on cucumbers painted green, or strawberries pumped full of hormones. Even when choosing to pay more for an organic food supplier, you still often feel that peace-of-mind jackpot is out of reach. Shanghai Family Magazine, April 2011

Inside Bilingual Programs

The benefits of having kids learn Mandarin while living in China are pretty well documented. For some parents, a bilingual education is the only way to go. While all bilingual schools promise a Chinese-English learning environment, how that environment is created varies widely across classrooms. Shanghai Family Magazine, January 2011