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Pia de Jong

Pia de Jong is a Dutch writer who lives in Princeton. Her memoir, “Saving Charlotte,” was published by W.W. Norton in 2017. She can be contacted at pdejong@ias.edu.

Robbinsville’s Two Temples

There are two temples in Robbinsville: one for spiritual needs, the other for material desires.

The Beginning of a New Life

This was the beginning of a new life in which I myself was involved and had a voice and a mind and free will of my own.

Nothing Goes Unnoticed

Nothing has gone unnoticed. And that is a disturbing thought.

Teaching in America

Is there anything more difficult than being a public school teacher in America? Yes, being a math or science teacher in New York City.

A Crash Course on Micro-aggressions

It was time for my daughter to give me a crash course from her school curriculum about “micro-aggressions.”

Brash, Real-World Voices of New York City’s Tabloids Under Siege

The shrinking of local newspapers in the United States is a tragedy.

Raising a Foodie

Our son turns out to have become a real foodie, once he was safe from his mother.

Lost in New York

Whenever my neighbor gets off the train at Penn Station, he jumps on the platform, throws out his arms, and sings, “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!...

Finding the Patterns

In 1989 I moved to Princeton for the first time, crossing the wide ocean from Amsterdam.

Willy Wonka and the Stardust

Our trip in the darkness to the top of a hill in Silicon Valley ends in front of a barred gate. We leave our car and climb into a...