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What We Can Do About Breast Cancer

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments by

When my mom died after three years of battling breast cancer, I decided to work on a project with women who survived the illness. To me it was a way to create more awareness about how devastating this disease can be on the woman (some men get breast cancer too) as well their family and [...]

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Blueberry Therapy

Oct 09, 2011 No Comments by

© Dmae Roberts 2011
When my mom died, I tried to find activities that would help me with my grief so I went blueberry picking.
I enjoy berry season during Oregon summers. My experiences with picking began when I was child in the strawberry fields near Eugene. My mom took my brother and me strawberry picking to [...]

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Lisa See’s History

Jul 23, 2011 No Comments by

© Dmae Roberts 2011
I love reading Lisa See’s novels because I learn so much about history. Yes, I get caught up in the characters and their individual struggles and stories but I deeply appreciate the depth of her research. It’s like having a fabulous history teacher who draws you into the big picture of nation’s [...]

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Remembering Daddy

Jun 19, 2011 2 Comments by

© Dmae Roberts 2011
Daddy passed away in his sleep one afternoon, alone and without causing us any trouble.  He had been sick for a week with one of his frequent colds that turned into bronchitis during which he continued the two pack a day smoking habit he could never kick.
“Alive and kickin’.”
That was his motto [...]

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The Eternal Search For A Name

May 18, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011
*Originally published in The Asian Reporter.  Read more essays in the Dmae Writes section.
When I produced Mei Mei: A Daughter’s Song, my autobiographical radio documentary, the marketing people at the network described it as the story of an “American-born daughter and her foreign born mother.” I had told them that I [...]

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Remembering Japan

Apr 29, 2011 No Comments

© Dmae Roberts 2011
*Originally published in The Asian Reporter
My earliest and best childhood memories are of Japan. My father was a sergeant in the Air Force, and he met my mom in Taiwan. As a family, we lived in a neighborhood close to Fuchu Air Station, a military base near Tokyo.
I loved Japan. I spoke [...]

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Are You Listening?

Mar 25, 2011 1 Comment

Commentary by Dmae Roberts
*originally published in The Asian Reporter. (photo by Laura Moulton)
I fell in love with public radio in the 1980s while getting my degree in journalism at the University of Oregon (UO). At first I thought I’d go into print but then I started volunteering at KLCC, a community station in Eugene, [...]

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The Lone Asian: Commentary

Feb 21, 2011 2 Comments

By Dmae Roberts
If you grew up in Oregon, you know what it was like to be the lone Asian (unless you were with family members) in a crowded room, restaurant, grocery store or public event.  It’s more unusual now to be the sole Asian in public  in Portland, and I’m surprised when it does [...]

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