Adoptee. Childhood Trauma Survivor.

Adoptee. Childhood Trauma Survivor.

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Yvonne with family

I Kept My Family’s Secret for Over 60 Years

To everyone else, we looked like the perfect family. No one outside our home knew what we knew.


‘Maid’ Reminds Me of My Mentally Ill Mother

Children of mentally ill parents are often forgotten. The trauma of living with such a parent can reverberate for decades. It did for me.


Yvonne Liu posing with flower

I Battled Shame About Mental Health

As an Asian American, I believed there was stigma and shame surrounding mental health.


Everyone Loves Raymond

TV Show Reminds Me of My Family Dysfunction

Most people watch "Everyone Loves Raymond" and smile. As I binged the beloved sitcom in anticipation of its 25th anniversary, I cried.

Michelle Yeoh

What Michelle Yeoh’s Success Means to Asian American Women Like Me

Growing up Chinese American, I always wanted to be a writer, but my family viewed it as a ludicrous idea. My research scientist father made it...


The Heavy Mask of Perfection in ‘Beef’ Speaks to Many Women’s Fear of Revealing Their True Self

Like Ali Wong’s character Amy, I couldn’t be real with family members, especially my immigrant parents.

Yvonne Liu posing with flower

Why Cancer Stigma for Asian Americans is so Dangerous

For 28 years, I kept my breast cancer a secret. I lived in fear that my Chinese American friends would shun me if I told them what I had endured.


Dance partners practicing in their formal dance clothes

For My Chinese American Parents, Ballroom Dancing Brought Fun, Comfort and A Sense of Belonging

The importance of ballroom culture to many senior Asian Americans brings the Monterey Park tragedy into focus.


Paulina Porizkova

What She Said: Paulina Porizkova’s Stark Courage

At a Los Angeles event, Paulina Porizkova discussed her new book that covers love, loss, betrayal, and empowerment.

The Rumpus

“Actually, I'm not grateful”: A Conversation with Stephanie Foo

My interview with beststelling author and former This American Life producer Stephanie Foo. We both suffer complex PTSD.

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Yvonne Liu with her husband wedding photo

My Mother Snagged My Husband

“What are your intentions?” My mother asked the handsome Chinese American man when he brought me home after our fourth date.


Yvonne Liu portrait

Mental Health Shame & Stigma

I kept my mental health struggles secret for over thirty years. Cultural shame about mental illness hurts many.


Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver: “There’s No Doubt I Haven’t Even Begun Yet”

She's already a tireless philanthropist, activist, and author. What more can Maria Shriver possibly accomplish at 67? She tells us here.


Yvonne Liu portrait

I Kept My Breast Cancer a Secret for 28 Years Because of Stigma in the Asian American Community. Now, I Help Others Find Support.

My husband and I had returned home from a romantic anniversary dinner on a Saturday night and were making love when a concerned...

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Liza Katzer

‘Ted Lasso’ Emmy-Winning Producer Succeeds Her Way

The Hollywood Reporter Named Liza Katzner a “35 Rising Executives 35 and Under.” She hopes more people will talk openly about their mental health struggles.

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Teresa Sun

Cultural Expert

Eight-year-old Teresa Sun played blissfully on a bridge in China, oblivious to the danger her family faced.