“I had this feeling in acting school— that once we got out of the contained environment of school, and into the real world, everything would work itself out.
"My statistics class is a real bitch. If you mess up one step, the whole thing is wrong."
"I want to be a ballerina." “What’s the best part about being a ballerina?” “Dancing.” “What’s the hardest part about being a ballerina?
“My mom sent me to Maryland when I was a teenager to live with my father. A lot of kids were dying in our neighborhood, and she thought it would help turn my life around.
“I grew up in a village with 500 people in rural China. My parents were rice and vegetable farmers. There wasn’t much education, but the people were very pure and uncomplicated.
"My grandparents aren’t religious at all. They told my mother: ‘You can bring home a white man, a black man, an asian man, or a hispanic man.
“I’m proud to say that my kids’ friends invite me to their parties, because I never judge. I sat down my kids early and told them: ‘It’s OK to get stoned.
“I retired six months ago. I moved from five acres in Texas to a small apartment in Harlem, and I just love it.
“Every time I try to diet, I just miss the excitement of doing something wrong. I’ve got a family now.
"I’m new to my job, I’m new to the city, and I just had my first big cry. It wasn’t about anything in particular.
“I feel like I’m on autopilot every day. I go to work, go home, listen to some music, smoke my blunt, and go to sleep.
"I’ve been in and out of the hospital for ten days, because my newborn baby is in the ICU. It’s been a stressful week.
“My parents aren’t bad influences or anything, they’re just hardworking people. I’ve seen them cry for me too many times.
"I came to New York to forget about him. We did everything together. We cooked together and studied together and we even had our own song: ‘Toi and Moi’ by Guillaume Grand.
"I’m creating a screenplay from a novel I wrote about making a film."
“I had four restaurants, a beautiful family, and a beautiful wife. I was healthy, rich, and successful.
"I’m going to be a farmer. I know how to grow two types of crops. One crop is the normal kind. The other kind uses aquaponic systems.
"I came to study design. The Americans in my class are very good at speaking English. So they talk, talk talk.
"I got asked in a job interview to describe the ideal job that I’d create for myself if I had a magic wand.
"My dad passed away two weeks ago. I couldn’t go home because I’m still working on my paperwork."