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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.

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

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

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.”

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.

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.

Raising a Foodie

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

Robbinsville’s Two Temples

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

Finding the Patterns

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

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!...

At the Nobel Prize Banquet

The trumpets sound a fanfare, and I walk with 1,300 invited guests into the courtyard of the City Hall of Stockholm, which has been transformed into a dining room....