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Welcome Luna Nova!

I have a niece! Luna Nova, born July 23rd. I haven't met her yet, but I'm so grateful for all the photos I receive by text messaging. I wish I could be there in person to take the photos myself!

She has a big brother, Lucien Jake but we call him LJ. This is LJ, my sister Clara and Luna Nova. I hope that they call her Luna Nova instead of just Luna. 

Here is my grandma meeting Luna Nova for the first time. That is about the happiest I've ever seen my grandma look in a long time. Just such bliss on her face! I really wish I could have been there to see this unfold in person.

2 week old Luna Nova and 95 year old great grandmother.

Luna, her great grandmother and grandfather

I'm not sure when I'll be able to head over to New York. Maybe Thanksgiving or Christmas. We'll see... I suppose I should decide sooner than later! Christmas is a little more fun so I'm leaning towards that. But it's usually pretty dang cold in December so there's also that. I'm getting use to the Hotlanta weather! 

Has anyone seen Crazy Rich Asians? I saw it last night and have to say it was better than I expected. I read the books so I knew what to expect. Growing up I was never really fully aware that I was Chinese. It may sound strange but I grew up in a predominantly Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. I went to school and it was 90 percent Caucasian and the rest was a mix of one Asian- me, a couple of Latino kids and the rest African-American. While I knew I looked different, I didn't feel different. I felt accepted growing up in my elementary school. Of course my first crush was a cute little Latino boy. 😂 It wasn't until I was a bit older that I started to notice some kids who were not so nice. One summer day, all the kids in the neighborhood were playing Man Hunt. It's kind of similar to Hide & Seek except the group is split up into two groups- hiders & seekers. 

There was one girl who didn't like my siblings and me. She was running from me and ran back to her house. I remember standing on the sidewalk and she snuck her head out the screen door and yelled out,"Ching chong" and turned her eyes into slits with her fingers. Then I laughed as her mother came out and yelled at her and pulled her back into the house. That is my earliest memory of being fully aware that I looked different.

To see a movie with an all Asian cast on the big screen was pretty amazing. I've seen Joy Luck Club but that was 25 years ago and I didn't see it in the theatre, I saw it on my small TV at home. It didn't have the same impact. To see Crazy Rich Asians with a full audience on a big screen was a little surreal. Surprisingly there were only a few Asians in the crowd. I hope it does well so that we see a sequel! Hopefully we won't have to wait another 25 years. I hope Luna Nova grows up seeing Asians on the big screen. 😄


  1. I saw Crazy Rich Asians and I loved it! I had not read the books so I didn't fully know what to expect. I loved the lavishness but it was also much more substantial than I expected. I liked Rachel being a very accomplished woman and standing up to those who weren't so nice to her.

    1. It's interesting to not be accepted even among Asians because you're an ABC! The books go a lot more into the culture. Highly entertaining read. I'm actually re reading some parts of it that were in the movie.

    2. I have an upcoming trip involving two long flights with layover in between. It's a 30+ hour journey. I will get the first book for my Kindle!


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