Home Sweet Home by Susan Shifay Cheung


I’ve often felt a bit awkward about the July 4th holiday. You’ll understand my ambivalence when I say I was born and raised in England of Chinese parents, who immigrated to the United Kingdom from Hong Kong in the early 1960s. Love, marriage and a sense of adventure brought me to a new life in the United States. Having lived here for well over a decade, I still make a joke of the fact that I’m originally from the country of the losing side! Joking aside, moving to a new place is a complex process and I can testify that…

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Back to School Reflections by Susan Shifay Cheung


I hated going back to school when I was young, so, it’s not surprising to hear my kids groan, as they count down the hours. I’m sure at the start of summer you had good intentions of doing a host of fun and useful things with your kids–impromptu road trips, teaching them how to cook, knit or play chess, building the ultimate Star Wars model out of cardboard and construction paper, mom and daughter manicure and pedicure evenings, and going through any worksheets they’ve missed, so they’re ready to hit the ground running on their first day back. Did you…

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