Odette Lau

About the little Chinese thing behind little chinese things

Hi! I’m Odette.

I’m your typical Chinese-Canadian “bad Asian” trying to connect with the Chinese half of my heritage.

I’m currently a second year student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, double majoring in Communications, Culture, Information & Technology and Professional Writing and Communication.

When I’m not studying or completing assignments, you might find me (still) sat in front of my laptop working on my latest design projects, browsing Spotify Discover and Netflix for new music to listen to and new shows to watch, or even teaching myself a new language from time to time. Aside from that, I love learning random interesting facts, so more often than not, I’ll be surfing educational Youtube channels like Vox, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, and Great Big Story. You might also find me at the gym, where I train for kickboxing and ballet, and dabble in yoga.

About the blog little chinese things

I created this blog to uncover unique tidbits, explore interesting ideas, and share captivating stories about Chinese culture. little chinese things is both a way for me to stay in touch with my Chinese roots, and a way to dissect what’s happening outside of my own, local community.

China is rapidly evolving — beliefs, values, and lifestyles are transforming — yet tradition is still deeply rooted in the culture. little chinese things explores the interlacing of tradition and change, of convention and innovation, of preservation and transformation. We take a look into the past, paint a picture of the present, and glimpse into the future. We’ll peruse the nooks and crannies of everything, from popular culture and social issues, to identity and tradition.

Grab a snack (I’d recommend the classic combination of a pineapple bun and a Hong Kong style milk tea) and take a look around!

Happy reading!

— Odette


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