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All Quotes by author - Su-chin Pak
" Any band will say that they'd be nothing without the fans. "
" Asian-Americans often struggle to be good sons and daughters, but it's ultimately your life. In the end, you have to find what you want. "
" Conversations about money, culture, power, class - it's at the center of my identity. I think it's a combination of being born to immigrant parents, growing up relatively poor, and really living in a world where formal institutions, like banks and anywhere that you had to sign a contract, was really feared and avoided at all costs. "
" Every awards show, I take the same date: my best friend, Blaire. I took my boyfriend once to the VMAs, and I never made that mistake again. "
" Every time I get caught on the subway around 3 or 4 during the school year, it's definitely dicey. I get a lot of like - 'Yo, are you that girl?' Then I have to go eight stops with them. "
" Good Charlotte are a band with punk values - they look it, they grew up on the music, and they believe in the punk ethos. "
" Growing up, the only Asian face I saw on air was Connie Chung or extras on M*A*S*H. That was it. You could either be Chinese delivery guy No. 4 or maybe one day read the news. "
" I always tell kids to find what they're passionate about. "
" I always thought I'd become an immigration lawyer. "
" I am a permanent legal resident of this country, I was born in Korea; my parents came to America for a better life for our family, I've lived here nearly my whole life, and even though I consider myself through and through Korean and American, I guess when it comes down to it, anyone can take away my identity. It doesn't belong to me. "
" I did MTV so long because it's been really hard to find a place that has been able to keep my interests where I can do more than one beat. "
" I feel no shame getting in bed at nine. "
" I had an unusual college experience because I traveled the world while going to school at the same time. Now, to look back, I was very lucky. "
" I had never been out of the Bay Area before. It was very traumatic moving to New York. "
" I hate the outdoors. I'm a big snob. "
" I love TV. I've done it since I was 16. I don't have another skill. "
" I'm extremely proud I'm an Asian female and I'm on television, because there aren't many of us. "
" I think that if you know people who are performers on stage and actresses or whatever it may be, the bottom line is what you do on stage. You just take on a different persona - that's what makes her so successful. Lights come on, and suddenly, it's Britney Spears, and the lights go off, and she's just Britney. "
" It's funny: being green to me was ingrained because my parents were always trying to save money, save water, turn off the lights, or arrange a carpool. I don't think my parents even know what it means to be green, but they were. "
" I was one of three hosts for a daily talk show on the Oxygen network when it first launched in 2000. This was before 'Bad Girls Club,' so don't judge. "
" I was voted 'most shy' in seventh grade! Can you even believe it? "
" Just as you would if you wanted to eat healthier or take better care of your skin, the most important thing you can do when buying something is to turn over the bottle and get informed about the ingredients. Many items we use daily are full of unpronounceable chemicals. "
" Live theater makes me nervous. I feel like I have to fake emotions, because the actors can see me. "
" Looking in a mirror and telling yourself to feel better doesn't work when you're a girl, but finding something that you love to do, something that makes you a better person like volunteering to help others, will definitely make a difference. "
" Man, it's hard living in N.Y.C. - even when you have money in your pockets. "
" My parents are small business owners, and the Korean community, like a lot of immigrant communities, is very much owner-driven. "
" My parents own a restaurant in downtown Oakland - Garden House - and I started working there at 8. I'd work the cash register while people looked at me skeptically. Free child labor! "
" People don't realize that being eco-friendly doesn't require radical changes. It's not an all-or-nothing thing. Really, it's about very simple, little changes you can make. You can still be into fashion, care about what your skin looks like, or think about what bag you're going to carry that day. You just learn to incorporate better choices. "
" People will talk about money in the general sense, but not in the specific sense of, like, where'd you fail, how'd you succeed, how'd you do it. "
" Some of the most green people in our lives are our parents and grandparents, who always bought locally and carefully. I remember my grandmother would buy a jar of cream and make it last for a long time. To me, that is just as green as something with an expensive, eco-savvy label on it. "
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