518: Say No With Yi Liu

Yi Liu is a US-based Chinese(Mandarin)-English bilingual actress, trained in NYC and has credits in theater, films, Say No With Yi Liudocumentaries, and contemporary art. The short film Joy Joy Nails, starring Yi Liu,  premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2017.  She also starred in“Li-Yan, 2016”, directed by world-renowned French artist Philippe Parreno, which was exhibited in Gladstone Gallery in New York, 2016. She also starred in the short film “The Daydreaming Bunny”, which received millions of viewers after it was released, and had a principle role the short film “The Walker” which won Best Short in 2016 Alicante Film Festival.

Yi used to follow the crowd and wanted to be liked by everyone.  When started learning to say no to things that don’t serve her, that is when she started to stand up for herself and showcased her authentic self versus the Asian woman stereotype.


Yi Liu is an actress.

Cultural Background

Yi is of Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

I’m not better than anyone. Nobody’s better than me.

I’m not better than anyone. Nobody’s better than me.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence starts from knowing ourselves (strengths, weaknesses, personality, interests,), to believe in ourselves (trust ourselves and value ourselves in a proper way base on knowing ourselves), then to be the best of ourselves (from there we would do our best and keep improving ourselves to contribute). That is just such a significant factor of achieving happiness in our lives.  

Self confidence is also related to mental independence

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Yi wanted to be liked.  She still wants that but before she would go with other people’s values and agree on something that she didn’t really agree on.  She compromised a lot and wanted to be on the same side with the majority or the powerful ones in a group. Sometimes she even look for excuses for others who didn’t make her feel good.

The “AHA” Moment

Yi realized who she was and what she feels.  She learned to say no and changed the society that she is in.  She sees things and herself differently.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Yi really says no. She speaks up for herself and would fight back if she feels something is wrong.   She shows herself more instead of showing the Asian woman stereotype.  Also, she makes her points clear.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Be brave to say know. Be honest to your feelings. Your heart knows more than your brain.

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