I'm a journalist-turned-aspiring schoolteacher who is a second-generation Chinese American, born to immigrants from Taipei, Taiwan, one of whom is a practicing physician who has worked for the Oakland, Calif.,-based Kaiser Permanente, the largest and most prestigious health maintenance organization in the United States, for some 34 years, and who has been an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, one of America's top-15 medical schools, for decades.
I have a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego, ranked No. 14 in the world by a Shanghai consultancy group and home to more than a half-a-dozen Nobel Prize-winning scholars. I attended law school for one year at the University of Miami, which is rated as No. 50 out of 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools in the United States, according to a rating of faculty quality by U.S. News and World Report. And I took paralegal courses at the University of California, Los Angeles, which itself is ranked No. 13 in the world.
I worked for years as an award-winning journalist for some of the leading daily newspapers in California including the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Daily Pilot, uncovering wrongdoing by those in power. I won a California Library Association award for excellent coverage of libraries in Woodland, Calif., for the Daily Democrat. And I was trained by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who has covered hard news for decades for some of the leading newspapers in the United States like the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal.
Now I'm preparing to study for a teacher's credential at the University of California, Irvine to become a certified high-school history teacher. I dream to spread justice and equality as an educator. The Irvine campus, which has produced several Nobel Prize-winning faculty in recent years, is ranked No. 46 in the world.
I read world-renowned publications such as the Economist and the New York Times, always in search of articles that showcase a fight for social justice and equality. I walk in luxurious suburban neighborhoods like Malibu, Calif., and Brentwood, Calif., and talk over dinner at critically acclaimed restaurants. My favorite eatery is Beverly Hills Spagos whose executive chef has won Michelin stars and whose owner, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, has catered to Academy Award parties.
I speak proficient Mandarin and have excellent communications skills, honed through years of intense reading and writing under the watchful eye of seasoned editors.
I've traveled the world to 16 countries, from the sand dunes of the Middle East to the bustling cities of Asia, from the cobblestone streets of Europe to the turquoise seas of Oceania, from the sharp peaks of North America to the beaches of Latin America. My favorite destination is mainland China, to which I've flown 12 times, visiting the eastern-seaboard cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Beijing and Guangzhou, as well as the inland cities of Guangde, Guilin and Xian. I also love the global sophistication of Hong Kong and the worldliness of London.