Okay so I’m not Chinese, I've never been a news reporter (a freelance human interest reporter for a local newspaper but not in front of a camera), hosted a reality show, or a daytime talk show, but watching the CBS show The Talk, I can relate to many of the things Julie Chen says about herself.
She has the same standards when it comes to touching, men, and feeling insecure about telling someone there is spinach stuck in their teeth. I can relate to her even though she's married to a TV mogul.
That's what a good writer does then they develop characters for their stories. They mold characters that people can relate to. It doesn't matter if they're a pioneer woman, Duchess, Roman, a vampire, a mermaid, cowgirl, or a CEO of a fortune 500 company. Once the reader relates, they're pulled deeper into the story and feel what the character feels.
Giving a character traits and vulnerabilities every person can relate to makes the character real, someone the reader will root for through the whole book and if written well-beyond the book.
Think about your favorite books. The ones on your keeper shelf. Why are they there? Because you grew to love the characters as you read the story and you couldn't let them go. You keep them around to revisit now and then. Like having lunch with an old friend or going to a family gathering.
What are some of your keeper books? Why? What about the character(s) make you want to return to visit them?