Emma Leaning

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Camping in the gray zone: a case against black and white mentality - China Opinion
Opinion

Camping in the gray zone: a case against black and white mentality

Take any significant part of life and paint it a color. It's gray. It's gray because anything meaningful is complicated, and any other shade will paint a different picture.
What do you weigh? How (and why) I lost a stone in Huangshan - China Opinion
Opinion

What do you weigh? How (and why) I lost a stone in Huangshan

We're all packing something we don't want or need. Whatever the thing is, there's no good or growth. It's a load on our back and a pressure around our hearts.
Not a travel diary: Shanghai's mangled columnist goes home - China Opinion
Opinion

Not a travel diary: Shanghai's mangled columnist goes home

I'm leaving Shanghai. Not for good, just for a bit, and I want you to come with me. Why? Because I'm not the only human to ever get mangled.
Surviving Sexual Assault Part 3: The survivor's journey - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Surviving Sexual Assault Part 3: The survivor's journey

While no experience is the same, there is a universal truth: All survivors of sexual trauma have lost something. But is there potential for growth after trauma?
Surviving Sexual Assault Part 2: Speaking out against shame - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Surviving Sexual Assault Part 2: Speaking out against shame

Shame cannot survive in silence, making "Me Too" some of the most powerful words we'll ever hear.
Brain Fog: Shanghai filmmaker gives local voice to mental health in China - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Brain Fog: Shanghai filmmaker gives local voice to mental health in China

I spoke with Shanghai-based independent filmmaker Jidi Guo about her latest documentary, "Brain Fog" which closely follows a number of Chinese people living with mental illness.
How to have a great day at work, with Cecilia Ding - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

How to have a great day at work, with Cecilia Ding

No matter how much you love your job, returning to the workplace after months at home comes with its baggage. Emma spoke with Cecilia Ding about how to have a great day at work.
Helping kids adjust after lockdown, with Sarah Harking - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Helping kids adjust after lockdown, with Sarah Harking

While children are resilient, they're by no means immune to the stress we've endured over the past few months. Emma spoke with Sarah about helping kids adjust after lockdown.
Life on hold: lifting the mental lockdown, with Bohan Zhang - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

Life on hold: lifting the mental lockdown, with Bohan Zhang

The physical lockdown has lifted for most, but there's a mental confinement that lingers. In this episode, Emma speaks with Bohan Zhang about how and why to lift mental lockdown.
The box: A simple activity to ease post-lockdown anxiety, with Kevin Smith - MENTAL in China
MENTAL

The box: A simple activity to ease post-lockdown anxiety, with Kevin Smith

Just because we're out doesn't mean we're OK. Writing can be a great way to process the pain of the past and ease fears about the future. Emma spoke with Kevin Smith about it.
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