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A Deeply Personal Journey of Learning Mandarin (Part I)

Note: There has been a lot that's been going on in the adoptee community lately and I plan on covering more of those topics in the near future. At the moment, I don't have a lot of emotional space right now to cover some of them, but those posts will be coming soon. Many times… Continue reading A Deeply Personal Journey of Learning Mandarin (Part I)

Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

As part of this blog, I hoped to include book reviews of recent books I've read. As a former BookTuber and Bookstagrammer, I am slowly getting back into my love for all types of fiction and prose. Thank you for Common Place Books Fort Worth for sending me this Advanced Reader copy. These Ghosts are… Continue reading Book Review: These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card

My Zero Waste Cleaning Routine

Over the past few years, I've tried to make my cleaning routine sustainable through using non-toxic, "zero waste" products. After many attempts and after trying several options, I've settled on a handful of products. These products are the ones that I found were worth the investment and that were also less expensive than other refill… Continue reading My Zero Waste Cleaning Routine

Making Dumplings for the First Time as a Chinese Adoptee

My homemade pork and vegetable dumplings with wrappers made from scratch. Photo Credit: Alyse MeiLan Last weekend I set off on an endeavor to make Chinese dumplings from scratch. As a Chinese adoptee who grew up in the United States I haven't made food from China that often, but I was inspired to make them… Continue reading Making Dumplings for the First Time as a Chinese Adoptee

Adoption and Media Representation

Cover image credit: Content shared to @anadopteewriter on Instagram. Created by: Alyse MeiLan Adoptees and Media Representation 🎬 // Recently, a middle grade book titled “The Unadoptables” was released by a major publishing house. Unfortunately, it was another instance of adoption being portrayed in an insensitive way. Not only does the title bring up… Continue reading Adoption and Media Representation

What Teaching taught me about Time Management

There's no doubt that teachers are some of the most busy people around. From arriving at work around 7am and hitting the ground running, to grading a huge stack of papers on the weekends - time management is a necessity for teachers. As a high school English teacher and a graduate student for the past… Continue reading What Teaching taught me about Time Management

Finding my First Cousin through 23andMe

Cover Image: Marco Verch, modified In February of 2019, I opened my 23andMe account for the first time. Little did I know that when I opened the account and scrolled over to the "Family and Friends" tab on the site, I'd found the surprise of a lifetime. As an adoptee, there have been many instances… Continue reading Finding my First Cousin through 23andMe

Behind the Name of alysemeilan

When I started this blog, I wanted to showcase my writing both professionally and personally. Part of the decision was re-establishing the brand identity and name. Throughout my professional career, I've always been hesitant to include my middle name, because I felt like it was difficult for people to find and pronounce. However, when I… Continue reading Behind the Name of alysemeilan