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By Sarah D. Park

My mind jumped first to my darker memories when I was asked to write about gender, recognizing the ever-present concession that being a woman does not serve me well in this world. I can easily name several instances where I have experienced my gender in a negative way. (more…)

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By Young Lee Hertig

My daughter, Raia, is scheduled to undergo a gallbladder removal surgery at the young age of 24.  My immediate reaction is to wonder whether her doctor has exhausted all other options available.

Seen from an Eastern lens, I tend to be skeptical of the more surgery-prone Western medical approach.  The reductionist lens (epistemology) of the West tends to see one leaf without checking the whole tree or the forest.  By contrast, the non-western epistemology is holistic which sees the forest before checking the leaf.

My grandfather practiced acupuncture and herbal medicine and therefore, I am much more rooted in the Eastern medical wisdom than the Western.   (more…)

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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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