Ritu Hemnani

Ritu Hemnani

Ritu is a Hong Kong-based author, teacher and voice actor whose articles have appeared in the South China Morning Post, The Asian Literary Review and Reader's Digest. Ritu is a writing Ambassador for

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Breast cancer survivor on folly of ‘Asian way’ of hiding illnesses
Last October Hong Kong-born Kim Li could not have anticipated how her world would be turned upside down when her 14-year-old daughter came home from school in tears, having discovered her school friend had just found a lump in her breast. Li, a former science teacher in Hong Kong now teaching in Britain, was used to dealing with teenage upsets. But as she tried to comfort her daughter, Priya, she couldn’t shake the nagging worry about the lump in her own breast, which she had been ignoring for over a month. That same evening, Li asked her physician husband to feel the lump. After he felt it, her husband became quiet. He turned off the light and said: “We need to ring the GP [general practiti