We were the only Asian family in a nearly all-white neighborhood. I was born in Spanish Harlem NYC and raised on the Jersey Shore. As an only child, and a latchkey kid (I hid mine under the doormat—shhhh), I watched a lot of TV and ate a lot of Keeblers Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies. I had a dog named Charlie. I loved to read. I also loved writing. I wrote to keep myself company. Between my dog, Brady Bunch re-runs, my journals and pens, I was good.
My parents are Chinese immigrants who were born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Despite their hopes for me to become a doctor or lawyer (surprise!) or at least a corporate somebody, I became a writer and stayed one. I use writing to help myself and others in all sorts of ways that still make me go: Huh, who'da thunk?
I live with my husband and six-year-old daughter now in Berkeley (because even though the Jersey snow was fun, me and cold weather don't actually mix). I am still in awe of the fact that society is letting me be in charge of a small person's entire existence. Stay tuned.
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Sharline Chiang is a writer, editor, book coach, publicist, and journalist originally from New Jersey now based in Berkeley, CA. Her essays have appeared in BuzzFeed, OZY, Mutha, Hyphen, and CAAM. She was book editor/coach for New York Times bestseller Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority by Steve Phillips (New Press 2016). She was formerly a reporter for the New York Daily News, Riverside Press Enterprise, LA Daily News, and Asbury Park Press. She holds a bachelor's from Rutgers University's School of Business and a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
She is a proud, long-time member of VONA, a nationwide community of writers of color. Follow her via @SharlineChiang on Twitter and /Sharline on Facebook.
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