My Story: The Spirit of America
I was born and raised in China during great political unrest and came alone to the States to improve my odds when China opened its door to the rest of the world. I landed in the middle of cornfields in Indiana (a big change from Shanghai) where I had to use a Walkman to record lectures and work several jobs between classes to complete my studies.
With my young family, I completed two master’s degrees, moved across four states and built a career in student affairs in higher education. I eventually settled in the Washington region where I established myself as an economic development official in DC and Montgomery County and became a community leader.