Diversity of Experience and Ideas, Shared Values and Goals

I like to write about and advocate for diversity and inclusion. But what diversity advocates often forget or ignore is the importance of emphasizing what we have in common, in addition to what makes us different. The old-fashioned description I grew up with of America as a “melting pot” is seldom used today. I think … Continue reading Diversity of Experience and Ideas, Shared Values and Goals

Trust Makes Our Lives Better

On America’s Independence Day, it’s worth considering the role of trust and distrust. Distrust caused the British government to pass laws to better control its colonies. Distrust caused a political contest to turn into a shooting war. Trust allowed the various states to come together. Trust allowed the Americans to grant George Washington the power … Continue reading Trust Makes Our Lives Better

We Are Not Enemies

This is been a difficult week in the United States, as the tragic murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling have been followed up by the murders of at least 5 police officers in Dallas, including Brent Thompson, a grandfather who had just gotten married two weeks earlier.  Normally, I don’t comment too much on … Continue reading We Are Not Enemies

Searching for Equality in a Winner-take-Most World

I preface this post with the admission that I have always been a child of privilege.  I come from a family of well-educated Chinese immigrants; my mother is the only member of her generation on either her or my father’s side of the family that didn’t earn a Ph.D. (she only has a measly Masters, … Continue reading Searching for Equality in a Winner-take-Most World

Travels in the “Heartland” Part 1

I’m on vacation this week, and getting a chance to experience life outside the Silicon Valley bubble.  I use the term “heartland” with a certain irony, since for our vacation, life outside the Silicon Valley bubble consists of visiting Los Angeles (my ancestral home) and the suburbs of Orlando (where Alisha’s family now lives)–both of … Continue reading Travels in the “Heartland” Part 1

Why American Needs To Return To Soft Power

We are the strongest and richest country in the world, and I have no desire to see us become a nation of cringing, self-loathing apologists. Yet it is also true that one can show grace in the exercise of power, rather than taunting those in a weaker position. The real model for this is George … Continue reading Why American Needs To Return To Soft Power

Quote of the Day: Andy Warhol on Coke and America

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. … Continue reading Quote of the Day: Andy Warhol on Coke and America

Quote of the Day: Warren Buffett on American and Unleasing Human Potential

“We’ve had a number of recessions in this country; in fact, we had a Great Depression, we had world wars. And throughout, the genius of the American economy, our emphasis on a meritocracy and a market system and a rule of law has enabled generation after generation to live better than their parents did. And, … Continue reading Quote of the Day: Warren Buffett on American and Unleasing Human Potential