Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, an Inc.com columnist, and the author of Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World. She, her entrepreneur husband, and their two adorable hapa sons currently live in Nairobi, Kenya. Connect with her at chengtozun.com or on Twitter or Instagram @dorcas_ct.
Contributions by Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

As is often the case, God asked me for obedience without providing me any guarantees. “Just write,” he told me about five years ago. I was a new mom, recently returned from a stint overseas and recovering from severe burnout....

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

When our family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, a few months ago, I braced myself for what would be the most awkward part of our transition — having a house helper in our home every day. As foreigners and people with means...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I’m realizing that my life may not be all about me. And that is a hard, hard truth to swallow...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

When I was fifteen, a blood test revealed that I was a carrier for the disease that had killed my father less than a year earlier. Two years later, my grandfather died of the same disease. I have lived with a subconscious sense of urgency ever since...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

“Are you already taking Clomid?” the fertility doctor asked me, a note of astonishment in her voice as she stared at the screen in front of her. “No,” I replied. “What’s Clomid?” She didn’t answer my question...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I sometimes imagine my life as a journey on a physical road, marked with a large signpost that reads “God’s Way.” I think — hope — that I’m headed the right way, and a smooth path and clear skies would seem to confirm that...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

“I’m not doing it for the money,” I told anyone who asked. I had chosen to work in the nonprofit sector as soon as I graduated from college, regardless of school loans or my sudden thrust into financial independence....

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

I feel perpetually tired these days. Tired in my parenthood, tired of holding down the fort while my husband travels around the world for business, tired in the fledgling career I’m still trying to build. My best efforts keep getting poured out...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

When I was young, Sunday was the busiest day of the week for our family. We would usually pull out of our garage by 8:30 am, commuting 20-30 minutes to one of the few Chinese immigrant churches in our area. Sunday school came first...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
For our household, 2015 was supposed to be the year of the family. After nearly a decade of unpredictable adventures in Silicon Valley and abroad— mostly thanks to my husband’s social enterprise startup...
By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Is God Asian? The emphasis on community, the love of feasting, the promotion of modesty, and how honoring your parents is as important as not committing murder. But there are also what feel like impossible standards . . .