Living with a father who traveled the world as a circus performer, life was always adventurous and diverse. He was an ambitious parent who wanted his daughters to have better opportunities than those offered to him.
I was born in La Libertad, Ecuador but both of my parents are from Shanghai, China. I was graced with two cultures around me. Although my parents’ long-term absences made me become independent in my life and studies, I still remember what they sacrificed for me. I want to be able to repay them one day.
The scariest part of growing up with an identity formed from the union of two cultures is that the world tries its hardest to view you in the lens of only one culture. Social restraints are placed upon one that shackle one from being oneself. In trying to fight this, I learned to have courage when facing adversity and adapt to new environments. Being in a different country showed me how significant cultural differences are in health, sparking my passion for trying to help various cultures obtain equality in healthcare.
Currently, I am working towards a degree in Health Services Administration at Lehman College. I believe in continuous learning and after achieving my Bachelor’s Degree, I plan on attending graduate school. I am grateful that I am a 2013 New York Needs You Fellow. NYNY will guide and give me the strength to reach my fullest potential.