"Learning to Drive Defensively" prose poem or lyric essay (early version), exhibited at the University of Michigan Diversity Equity and Inclusion 2020 DEI Summit Creative Gallery, October 26, 2020
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang - DEI Summit | University of Michigan

Taking Care of Our Tough Immigrant Moms Across Four Generations, Well, Trying To | AARP
A winning submission from the AAJA's 2019 caregiving contest April 17, 2020
Congrats also to Sarah Eden Wallace and Carol Cao 


TAKING CARE OF OUR TOUGH IMMIGRANT MOMS ACROSS FOUR GENERATIONS, WELL, TRYING TO | AAJA, Winning submission to AAJA’s Caregiving Contest 2019, with the generous support of AARP, Congrats also to Sarah Eden Wallace and Carol Cao, November 15, 2019
"移民家庭四代同堂,攜手照顧固執的媽媽(們)" | 恭喜2019年照護比賽獲獎者 | AARP Chinese 
Thanks Asian American Journalists Association and AARP AARP AAPI Community for translating my 2019 AAJA AARP Caregiving Award Winning essay into Chinese! (It's the second essay) November 27, 2019


Preparing Little Brother for a Mass Shooting – Reappropriate
#WriteBackFightBack series, March 8, 2018

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Essay: Five Years After Oak Creek, Caring for Loved Ones Is the Important Work 4, 2017
In the quiet of early morning, I ask my mom to come help me check whether the pastry dough for the Chinese curry beef pastries is too thick.

Essay: This Chinese New Year, Make Noise, Be Brave, Create Your Own Luck 30, 2017
Chinese New Year celebrations are all about new beginnings and fresh starts. The new year is a time of hope and good luck. How one spends the first day of the new year is supposed to foretell how the rest of the year will go.

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Essay: Looking to Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Light the Way Forward 16, 2017
Every morning, the alarm clocks in our house start going off at 4:30 a.m. Then again at 5:30 a.m and again at 6:30 a.m. By 6:45, I start bargaining with myself.
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Essay: In the 'Las Vegas of Asia,' Lessons in How Multiculturalism Makes Community 4, 2017
This fall, I went on a reporting trip to Macao, the first and last European colony in Asia, with a group of Chinese-American reporters.

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Essay: This Christmas, We'll Leave Santa Mochi and Dumplings 20, 2016
Essay: This Christmas, We'll Leave Santa Mochi and Dumplings ... Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's son, Little Brother, and Santa Claus love sriracha.

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Essay: The Day after Election Day, What Do I Tell My Son? - NBC ... Nov 10, 2016
I had been so looking forward to the day after Election Day so that I could begin writing my next essay about a return to kindness after this tumultuous election cycle had finally ended.

Essay: Vote — This Is Our Story, Too - NBC News Nov 7, 2016
I once had a friend who did not recycle because, he said, "I recycled enough in the '70s."

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Essay: Amongst Chaos, I Know That 'We All Belong Here' 19, 2016
A flood leads to thoughts on community, racist flyers, the elections, groping, and always in the end, art.

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Angry Asian American Parenting Guide - Angry Asian Man
Aug 22, 2016 - Guest Post by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang for Angry Asian Man.

Essay: Dancing Together, Seeking Strength and Solidarity Across ... 13, 2016
The Obon is a Japanese Buddhist festival to honor one's ancestors (similar to the Chinese hungry ghosts festival), ...

Essay: Finding the Courage to Cross the Street Again After Orlando ...
Jun 20, 2016 ... Essay: Finding the Courage to Cross the Street Again After Orlando ... Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's daughters, M and Hao Hao, with an American ... -n595706

Essay: With Great Privilege Comes Great Responsibility - NBC News
May 17, 2016 ... "As I tell my children, remember to always use your superpowers for good, never evil." n574721

Essay: Celebrating Chinese New Year Far From Home and Family ...
Feb 8, 2016 ... Chinese Lunar New Year presentation and lion dance performance w Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan lion dance team at the Ann Arbor ... family-n513751

Essay: The Power of Friendships Across Differences - NBC News
Jan 18, 2016

Essay: Standing Between Cultures In a Time of Islamophobia - NBC ...
Dec 30, 2015 n485121

Essay: Carrying Our Courage, From Immigrant Stories to Refugee ...
Nov 24, 2015 -stories-n467611

Essay: A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation - NBC ...
Nov 26, 2014 Frances Kai-Hwa Wang's Thanksgiving essay. n252971

for older essays, try searching for "Adventures in Multicultural Living Frances Kai-Hwa Wang"
Many can be found at (now (now closed) 

I wrote a column, "Adventures in Multicultural Living" from 2009-2013 or 2014,
roughly, that started at Ann Arbor Chronicle and and was
syndicated across New America Media's Ethnoblog, Chicago is the World, and 
InCultureParent. You can find them there or 

for older essays, search "Adventures in Multicultural Living Frances Kai-Hwa Wang"
or "Frances Kai-Hwa Wang essay" or "Frances Kai-Hwa Wang" plus topic.

Many columns can be found at,, (now closed although some archived at, (now closed), (adoption). 
Some fun local content can be found at Ann Arbor Observer

Many even older essays were written for Asian American 
Village (closed and restarted, all archives gone, although some
can still be found in original format with the Way Back Machine). 

Finally, a prose poem that crosses some multimedia boundaries:
Dreams of the Diaspora multimedia artwork at Smithsonian APA Center.

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