JiaoJiao Shen

pronounce name

Say My Name – And If You Can’t Pronounce It, Just Ask

All my life, people have mispronounced my name. Teachers, nurses, doctors, coffeeshop baristas, restaurants hosts and hostesses, co-workers, parents of my friends, parents of my kids' friends, etc. I get it. It’s a unique...
best friend

I Don’t Have a Best Friend, and I’m OK with That

When you’re a kid, having a best friend is incredibly important. It was something I dreamed about endlessly when I was growing up. I moved around a lot as a child and changed schools...
strong girl

A Letter to My Bold and Fearless Daughter

Dearest daughter, The day you came into this world was the day I learned that no amount of planning could have prepared me for you. You arrived two weeks early, on the Fourth of July,...
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Both My Kids Were Born on the Fourth of July, but Are They Really...

When I was pregnant with my son, people teased me endlessly that I was going to have a Fourth of July baby. My son’s due date was July 10. I laughed at their comments...
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You’re Not Half of Anything; You are Twice of Everything

Every few weeks, after dropping off my kids at school or on my way to pick them up, I listen to a podcast. One specific episode of one specific podcast. The podcast: Lola’s Ink The episode:...
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Enough is Enough! We Must #StopAsianHate!

On Tuesday, March 16, eight people, six of them Asian women, were shot and killed at three massage parlors in the Atlanta-area. A 21-year-old white man was arrested after a manhunt. This crime happened amidst increasing...
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