Kids “KowTow” to receive Red Envelope on Chinese New Year Day

Today is Chinese New Year (we celebrate for a week). A lot has happened for us. I feel so lucky to be alive.

Around 11 a.m. Samuel prepared the stuffing: minced pork with lots of finely chopped napa cabbage leaves and green onions mixed with soy sauce. A small plate…

Mulan (2020)

I was 4 years old, he wore a grass green military uniform, same as Daddy:

“Do you want to exchange your little sister with a big basket of apples? I know you love Apple.” He smiled and teased me.

“No!! I want my sister! ” When you are 4, you…

I have a scar on my forearm close to my elbow. It has faded over the last 24 years. You can barely see it, but it carries a sweet memory.

Chinatown, New York. Summer of 1994.

After paying a 100-dollar bill to the work introduction agency, I got a piece…

Soak in the big nature with my daughter in Iceland, August 2019

A letter to my 15-year-old daughter:

For a girl who reads at the speed of one book a week, what advice would I give you? Well, at least I will try:

1. Life is not ALL about work, mission, and changing the world. Life is about living your passion.


Sending Blessing to Sisters all over the world May, 24, 2020
Sending Blessing to Sisters all over the world at Athena Sisterhood Ceremony, May 24, 2020

If I can’t speak for the rest of my life, I will still make a difference and let the world hear my heartbeat.

If I can’t speak for the rest of my life, I will be happy writing, bathing in the sun, listening to bird singing.

If I can’t speak…

Today, in my weekly memoir writing class, my teacher said, “Let’s take four minutes and start with our first prompt: ‘This is a book of a woman who…’”

Four minutes later, these words landed on my page: “This is a book of a US businesswoman who is a Chinese immigrant…

Raising my hand to swear-in at the Naturalization Ceremony in Florida, 2002.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…” Garth Brooks’s voice is warm and deep. The sun is out and the snow has just stopped.

“Please sing with me, the last verse…” He enthusiastically invites everyone on Capitol Hill — the President, Madam Vice President, and all of us who are watching…

WeiLi Duan-Young

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store