Why is it so hard to find our passion? From the time we were born, we’ve been taught to listen to everyone but our own selves. In big and small ways, we’ve been disciplined to be acceptable to society. Other people want us to conform to their worldviews. We got used to listening to everyone’s voice but our own. Our original selves became so deformed that by the time we grew up, we no longer recognized our own selves or heard our own voices.
Last week, a mother emailed our community of friends to say: “Our son often dressed in his sister’s clothes. We thought it was a phase. But recently, he has become insistent that: He is a GIRL. After lengthy discussions with our family and our counselors, we have decided to respect our child’s wishes. Going forward, we will refer to her as a girl and will call her by her chosen girl name. We invite you to join us in this journey.”
I’m delighted to report that I’ve partnered with Wanda Media to create a romantic comedy called Do Not Marry Before Age 30, the same title as my book, and that I will serve as the lead screenwriter. The movie will feature two lady CEO headhunters who headhunt Mr. Right. It’s a subject that I know intimately since, as you know, I myself worked as a CEO headhunter for seven years, and it is by using professional CEO headhunting techniques that I found my Mr. Right.
Amidst all the bad news about how newspapers and magazines are suffering the USA, I’m always heartened by the wonderful successes of China’s fashion media. Some people regard the fashion media as frivolous, but I believe they play a serious and important role. And not simply about the important subjects of beauty and fashion (yes […]
You might assume that since I didn’t have babies until after having enjoyed a big career, I’d have been immune to the women’s malady of burnout. And yet, both times after I gave birth (at ages 39 and 41), I fell into a stupor of overwork.
Last Friday, I went back to Los Angeles City Hall to help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of “Cash for College,” a program which connects students and their parents with the public funds to help them go to college.
Businessweek last week reported that Chinese women are driving up enrollment at business schools across the United States. So much female Chinese talent is going global! I’m excited by the potential for Chinese women to rock our world. Unfortunately, there’s still this problem of a society which defines women by marital status.
Leftover women are the modern urban women most of whom have high education, high income, and high IQ. They are nice-looking, but they are relatively demanding in choosing spouses so that they haven’t found ideal partners for marriage. – China Ministry of Education, 2007
Joy Chen is a globally-acclaimed creator of books, movies, videos and other pop-culture media for China. A Chinese-American former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, she is author of the smash China best-seller Do Not Marry Before Age 30, which debunks conventional wisdom that single women are “leftover” by their late 20s, and helps them unlock their potential and realize their dreams. Her second book, How to Find the Career of Your Dreams, is due for release in late 2016. Additionally, she has movies in development with Wanda Media and Alibaba Pictures. Visit Joy at www.joychenyu.com (click ENGLISH).