Article for Ethnic Seattle

Get knee deep in my latest piece for Ethnic Seattle: “Xin Chào magazine shares stories of the Vietnamese-American experience”

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Blog post for “No More”

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Learning to code == Learning about community

It’s June 1, 2016, and the day after returning from PyCon 2016. Now seems like a good day to officially declare to myself, and the abyss of the internet, that I am learning Python.

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Knife Point

“Hi. My son was held up at knife point on the way home from school yesterday.”

“Okay,”

“Ye, I just wanted to log that I’ll be picking him up from now on – just to make sure he’s safe.”

“Okay, I’ll make a note of that for you.”

“Thanks.”

And that was that. I stood there for a moment, lingering a moment too long, processing the seeming normality of it all.

My colleague looked at me, shaking his head and laughing. “This is real life, Jess.”

Muay Thai Musings

P1090288If you’ve been selected for a difficult journey, usually you’re the luckier one because you are forced to overcome it and subsequently forge a new path, a road not previously taken, and as a result discover a new level of being.

I relate so strongly to martial arts because whilst each and everyone of us is a fighter, fighting our own individual battles, martial arts are a physical manifestation of that fight. Take muay thai for example – it is bloody, it is hard, it is passionate, it is technical, it is a game, it is powerful, it is beautiful; ultimately, it represents life.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

I absolutely love the truly inspirational movement which is Half the Sky, pioneered by Nick Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn.

Ever since reading their book: “Half the Sky”, and Somaly Mam’s book “The Road of Lost Innocence”, I have been even more determined and motivated to follow in their footsteps, but create my own path.

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