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I want to take this opportunity to reassure you about something I know you are painfully unaware of right now. You are enough. There are pros and cons to being a girl born in a Chinese family, and growing up you definitely felt the expectations of a patriarchal society weighing down on you. There is an unspoken but prevailing belief that girls who marry well do better in life than those who have a career. Your first love is art, and you go to art college. Your parents told you that you could achieve anything you wanted to, but the doubt niggling at the back of your mind always told you that those who mattered were the ones who became doctors, lawyers and fancy people who worked in banks. When, at 25, you start your own business BerinMade, a stationery design studio, many will see it as a hobby. Friends will assume that you can just pop out for a coffee at your leisure. They will reason that work must come easy and you are just doing it for fun. When
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