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English, Chinese (Cantonese), and Spanish
§ Most little girls dream about becoming princesses, doctors, or vampires when they grow up; I dreamed about being Canadian. For some reason unknown even to me, I was utterly convinced that I was Canadian on the inside and that it was my destiny to embody all things Canada. Later in life (after I finished the second grade), I came to realize that being American was not such a bad deal after all.
§ Speaking of being American, I'm the first person in my family to be born in the United States. I'm also the first person in my family to earn a college degree. I might also be the first person in my family to use the phrase "hyena-licking good" but I can't be sure.
§ The first time I applied for a library card, my application was rejected. I must have been around six years old, and I didn't even know it was possible to be rejected for a public library card, so I was a bit confused and slightly traumatized at the time. Whenever I tell this story, people either laugh or feel bad, but they always laugh when I tell them I studied library science. (Don't worry, I eventually got one.)
§ However, my love of reading could not be thwarted. I have enjoyed every novel by Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters -- yes. even Anne! -- and not because teachers told me I had to. I also like Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series, Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle, Shannon Hale, Kristin Cashore, Vladimir Nabokov, and too many others to list. As a child, my favorite books were Pippi Longstocking, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, The Baby-Sitters Club and The Boxcar Children. My favorite manga are Hikaru no Go, Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, Skip-Beat!, Kimi ni Todoke, and Naruto. Shaun Tan is my graphic novel hero.
§ I volunteer at local community centers teaching people how to use computers, and at the New York Public Library as an English literacy tutor. Recently I was featured on the NYPL Center for Reading and Writing website in their first Tutor Profile of the Month. As you can tell from the accompanying photo, I love tutoring and I love wearing silly graphic tees.
§ I was thirteen years old when I made my first website, a "tribute shrine" dedicated to Nirvana and Radiohead. It was very, very embarrassing.
§ Each page was lovingly handmade with a plain text editor, and the blog is powered by self-hosted WordPress. The background painting is Boris Kustodiev's "Maslenitsa" (1919).