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April 5, 2010

Jane: "I just met the most beautiful girl in the world," I told my friend Kathy. "She’s tiny, Chinese, and stunning. But I don’t know anything about her."

As I got to know more about Jianyun, I found that, in addition to being the most beautiful wisp of a girl I’d ever known, Jane was absolutely brilliant. Her ideas -- peppered with a sweet sentimentality -- took my breath away. She broke my heart when she told me she could never be with someone who wasn’t Chinese, despite my best efforts to convince her I am.