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My Story

I was born and raised in China, and 22 years ago, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to come to the United States to pursue a PhD. Even more fortunately, I came to Chapel Hill - a shining city on a hill.

I graduated from UNC with degrees in quantitative psychology and statistics and shortly thereafter became a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. In my work I conduct research aimed at developing new ways to diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and autism.

I have spent many years volunteering in our public schools. I have been a classroom mom, led Math Count and Science Olympiad teams, organized FORT Family Nights and Global Connections around schools. I have served on PTA and School Improvement Team (SIT) committees and on district task forces and advisory boards.

I currently serve on the Chapel Hill Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board. I’m the ex-Principal and current Board Chair of the Chinese School at Chapel Hill. For over 10 years, I have volunteered every weekend at the school, helping grow it from a moms’ co-op with only 20 kids to a school that now educates more than 300 students and provides a full curriculum of Chinese language and culture programs. I have also worked to create opportunities for members of the local Asian immigrant community to become more civically engaged in Chapel Hill and for members of the larger community to learn about Asian culture. For example, earlier this year, I helped organize the highly successful LIGHTUP festival, which took place at University Place and was attended by over 7000 people. This event was collaboration between the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, the Orange County Arts Council, Frank Gallery, UNC-CH, and the Chinese School at Chapel Hill.

My husband conducts cancer research at Duke (but is a die-hard Tar Heel fan!). My daughter Iris graduated from East Chapel Hill High School, and my daughter Rose is a current student. We love Chapel Hill, a community that has given much to us and I am eager to give back to my adopted home. I ask you to give me the opportunity to serve.

Let’s make our community better and stronger, together.


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