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Welcome!

I am not that active on social media. Some people think that’s super cool and confident. Others, like my 20-year-old sister, think it’s lame not to share what matters to me. Mostly it is because I am an old person trapped in a millennial’s body.

So this is the middle ground…where I share some stuff from my professional life. The pictures are hazy because I was not thinking much about posting when I took them. Sorry!

My first book was launched at Addis Ababa University

My first book was launched at Addis Ababa University

My first book, “Dalu: Introduction to Chinese for Amharic Speakers” was launched in May 2016. My parents, my sisters, my close family and friends all joined me. Counselor You Yi from the People’s Republic of China was also an honored guest. The only one missing was my husband, Nathan, who spent days and days designing the layout of the book…he had work and could not come to Addis for the launch. The best moments were:

  1. Seeing my dad tearing up…he was so proud and I was so emotional!!

  2. Speaking in Chinese, Amharic and English so the entire audience would understand what I am talking about.

  3. Explaining how some Chinese characters came to be…and hearing my Ethiopian friend say “Aha! Then is method to the madness!!”

On "Reporter" newspaper, one of the most well-known in Ethiopia

On "Reporter" newspaper, one of the most well-known in Ethiopia

My first TV appearance on the Helen Show (basically the Oprah of Ethiopia)

My first TV appearance on the Helen Show (basically the Oprah of Ethiopia)