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Daisy J Lin
Daisy J Lin is an Emmy award-winning writer and filmmaker. She directed the documentary Yours Truly Miss Chinatown out of a desire to tell some honest stories about Asian Americans and life as a modern woman. The film premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and has screened across the country and also in Taipei, her birth place. It is now streaming free at She writes essays and cultural criticism pieces, reporting on stories about health, wellness, and life as a modern woman. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @paradoxdaisy

Entries by Daisy J Lin

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 10:49 AM


You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die.

That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.


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Letter to My Dystopian Teenage Self

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:55 PM


Dear Dystopian Teenage Self,

I know, life sucks right now. You're frustrated and no one gets what you're going through. You've been tossed about in the moshpit known as life, and you're tired of smacking into people.

It seems like it's going to be...

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My Epic Faceoff With the Thai Massage Lady

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:50 AM

First off, let me just say, it was utterly barbaric.

I limped, Igor like, into the nondescript mini-mall storefront in the suburbs looking for relief. What I got was redemption, by fire.

The muscles in my left shoulder were clenched like Mike Tyson's fist, and deep in its wrathful gap...

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A Breakup Letter to Worry

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Dear Worry,

We need to talk.

Let's face it; things are just not working between you and me any more.

Lately, I've been thinking. Maybe it's time we call it quits, consciously uncouple, and go our separate ways.

You're suffocating me.

In the morning, I'm not even...

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From Broken to Beautiful -- How to Cultivate Beauty That Lasts

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Can something that is broken be rendered even more beautiful and unique when you honor the cracks and lay gold in those splintered places?  

A friend of mine recently told me about the Japanese art of Kintsugi. The legend goes that a Japanese shogun broke one of...

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I Met a Woman Who Wants to Move to Mars -- and Not Because That's Where Men Are From

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:56 PM

The international field of candidates vying to be the first colonists to Mars is now down to 705 people, out of more than 200,000 people who initially applied. Only 287 of them are women. I met one of these Martian hopefuls recently in Guatemala.

I was there trying to figure...

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Secret Messages of Your House Plants

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:29 AM


Some people have a green thumb. I once had a roommate who had this gift. The contrast between our rooms was distinct. My room was drab post college Ikea ticky tack. His room was an Amazonian jungle. Long luxurious vines, springy leaves as...

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Show Me the Manna!

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 6:27 PM

It has been ages since I attended Sunday school. As a youngster, I used to go every week to learn all about that lovable cast of Bible characters, of which my favorites were in the Old Testament. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with JC (Happy Easter!) -- but...

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Why I Dance on Chinese New Year -- and You Should Too

(54) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Firecrackers, dragon dance and red envelopes filled with money are all part of Chinese New Year celebrations, which begin on February 10th this year, but the most important ritual is honoring departed relatives who laid the foundations for your present life. I immediately think of my grandmother, my best childhood...

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