Mom had different hopes for LA journalist and author Alison Singh Gee. As the writer recalls in a delightful Q&A with the South China Morning Post, for whom she wrote extensively in the 1990s and still freelances occasionally today, it was all about TV and airborne glamour:

“My mother wanted me to be either the new Connie Chung, a contestant on Wheel of Fortune or a stewardess. Really. My father was a stifling patriarchal sort who never really gave us much of an audience. So I decided that if I couldn’t talk freely, I could write my feelings and ideas out instead.”

“I wrote my first “book” as a child, an illustrated book about dogs. I always kept journals full of tortured thoughts and so when I graduated from university and graduate school in London it seemed logical for me to pursue journalism.”

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