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Photo by Thomas Maluck

Photo by Thomas Maluck

By Margaret Yu (originally written for International Womens’ Day, March 2014)

I don’t have many solid memories of myself as a child.  However, the ones I do have are well-planted in my mind.

One memory I have is that of standing before my mirror.  I was 7 years old and was preparing my look and outfit for a family photo. (more…)

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Photo by Luke Detwiler

Photo by Luke Detwiler

By Diana Gee

My father is a man of few words. Because we live in different cities now, our interactions have been reduced to short, simple sentences flung back and forth through cyberspace.

“ How are you?”

“ Still kicking” (more…)

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Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

Photo by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

By Maria Liu Wong

It is a gift to be able to say “no.” And it is a gift also to be able to say “yes.”

No matter who I talk to — whether women leaders in Christian theological education in Africa, Asia and North America, a collaborative mentoring group of female colleagues who are alumnae from my doctoral program at Columbia, or the local church women’s fellowship group I host and lead — the pressure, internal and external, to achieve holds our lives in sway. The world tells us it is normative to be known and valued by our actions and achievements. (more…)

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Photo by dok1

By Diana Gee

I did not know my maternal grandmother well. Come to think of it, I did not know any of my grandparents well. Both my grandfathers died when I was young, and language barriers kept me from conversing with my paternal grandmother, even though she was present throughout most of my life.

My mother’s mother, Poh Poh as I would call her, came into my life in the early 90s. (more…)

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