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Trust-building a Must for China and Chinese Americans

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  By Lily Qi     The headlines and rhetoric are hard to ignore. A recent Washington Post editorial sounded the alarm, again, that the Chinese cyber attacks against the United States are ramping up and that as a nation, from lawmakers to citizens, we need to be much more vigilant about the cyber warfare that is posing eminent threat …

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A Liberating Education

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By Lily Qi May 18 was a glorious Sunday in the Boston area. Tens of thousands of families and friends descended on one of the nation’s best-known education corridors to celebrate the class of 2014. My husband and I were among the happy crowds joined by my family from Shanghai for our son Andrew’s graduation from Tufts University. We fully …

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Make Your Vote Count: Register for a Political Party

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By Lily Qi Maryland has an unusually early primary election this year, June 24, about three months earlier than past elections. As the date gets closer, election campaign activities are heating up. It’s encouraging to see more Asian Americans getting involved in the political process, from hosting meet-n-greet to participating in fundraisers. What’s more remarkable is that most Asian-themed events, …

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Taking Credit for What We Do

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By Lily Qi Last year, I organized a highly productive trade mission to China for Montgomery County (notice I am bragging here), and when the photos from the trip were posted on the County Web site, I got an email from a colleague asking why I wasn’t in one particular photo. Well, I was busy arranging the right lineup of …

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What a Recent Fundraiser Taught Me about our Changing Community

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By: Lily Qi I recently hosted a political fundraiser for a local campaign. It was a fabulous event by all accounts—we reached our fundraising goal; we had a large turnout with a good mix of community leaders and businesspeople, and most importantly, everyone had a great time and felt that they were part of something special and meaningful. But what …

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A Jewish Christmas and Many Happy New Years

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By Lily Qi Since about five years ago, my family started celebrating what I call the “Jewish Christmas” on Christmas Day, with a trip to the movie theater for a new release followed by a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, though we would still attend the Christmas Eve service at a church. Why “Jewish?” Because that’s what many people of …

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Working for a Local Government

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By: Lily Qi I often come across people who wonder why I chose to work for a local government. After all, the Washington, DC region is the seat of the federal government, which offers better-paying jobs and greater latitude for professional development and career advancement to move up and around. In addition, a local government’s functions, jurisdictional reach and budget …

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Giving and Receiving Compliments

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By Lily Qi Something as mundane and common as giving and receiving compliments may be a serious challenge if you are an immigrant. Over the years, I have learned, often the hard way, the essential importance of receiving and giving compliments, at home, at work, and in social or semi-social environment. Generally speaking, East Asian cultures tend to be more …

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Visiting Turkey

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By Lily Qi I have meant to write about my last year’s trip to Turkey for a while. The recent turmoil in Turkey and its neighbor Egypt brought back memories that prompted me to revisit that unique experience of last spring. What a difference a year makes. About this time last year, I was having dinner at an Egyptian friend’s …

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Translating Cultural Diversity into Global Opportunities

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By Lily Qi We often hear public leaders say “our diversity is our strength,” which has become somewhat a cliché over the years. While I don’t doubt their sincerity in believing what they say, I wonder how many truly understand what it means to have a large, diverse, and global population in their communities. This past weekend, I attended the …

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A Toast to the Generalist

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By Lily Qi This is the season of inaugurations and internships, with the class of 2014 college grads starting a new chapter in life in a recovering yet still challenging job market, and with students beginning a summer of exploring what to do beyond school lives. Whether it’s a full-time job or an internship, the experience is as much about …

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Qulture Matters: Individual Success and Community Success

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By: Lily Qi The two largest Asian communities in the Washington metro region, Chinese and Indians, are often being talked about by public figures in the same manner and even in the same breath. True, there are many similarities between them, including the highly-educated human capital, the large concentration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) talents, the amazing achievement …

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Failure Is a Viable Option

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By Lily Qi A couple of years ago, when my son was looking for his first college summer internship, I gave him some general advice and urged him to start early, but stopped short of stepping in to make sure he landed a good job. It was hard to watch him struggle, but the frustrations he went through that summer turned …

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How to Be an (Asian) American Woman

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QultureMATTERS  By Lily Qi On a recent business trip to China, I was automatically assumed to be an interpreter or assistant because I was helping with communication on both sides. I had to assert myself and remind my colleagues that I, too, had original thoughts to contribute. This small example shines light on the issue of how Asian women are …

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QultureMatters: Global Perspectives on Regional Collaboration

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By Lily Qi Having lived in the National Capital region for 15 years and worked for two local governments on economic development and public policy, I have come to appreciate the need for serious collaboration across the boundary lines of our counties and state governments. It is essential, if we are to effectively deal with the area’s biggest problems, from …

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QultureMatters: Marching Toward King’s Dream

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By Lily Qi When NBC4 morn­ing news anchor Aaron Gilchrist commented at the end of a news sto­ry recently that black men who don’t want to be cast in stereotypi­cal roles are sometimes considered “not black enough,” I was taken aback by his openness in discussing a highly sensitive topic during morning news hours. After all, race is not something …

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Songs of Life

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By Lily Qi I recently experienced two magnificent, yet entirely different, choral concerts. The first one, “Songs of Life,” was performed by the Columbia Chinese Choral Arts Society (CCCAS) at Howard County Community College Theater. The other, “The Essential Bernstein,” featured some of the best known tunes from such masterpieces as “The West Side Story” and “Candide,” and was performed …

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