Author Archives: Shawna Chen

Arthur Kinyanjui

Upon his arrival to the United States of America, one of Arthur Kinyanjui’s many curiosities involved a McDonald’s drive-thru. The Kenyan native was shocked at the sight of his host speaking into a black box that projected voice. “Microphone?” he laughs today. “That was a big one.” Although Arthur had been born and raised in Central Province, one of Kenya’s ... Read More »

Diana Ding: A Story of Survival & Success

Ding Ding TV’s office complex is graced with photos. In all, Ding Ding TV founder and entrepreneur Diana Ding stands tall among other entrepreneurs and television guests, including Basho Technologies Chairman Chester Davenport, Congressman Mike Honda, Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves. A letter from President Obama praising her work adorns the wall. Another photo set showing Diana’s evolution over the years ... Read More »

A Land of Opportunity: A Q&A with Joan Shen

             When you take different paths, life ends differently   Q: Where did you come from and what was your life like there? Joan Shen: I came from Shanghai, and was a college student there. I had a simple and happy life.   Q: When did you come to the U.S. and for what reason? ... Read More »

The Decisive Moment

When you’re a seven-year old girl whose knowledge of the English language consists of “hello,” “thank you,” and “peach,” you don’t really know how to react when your parents tell you that you are moving to America for one year. Perhaps it was because you didn’t need to know anything about America, living in a small city in Tokyo. Your ... Read More »

Sam Chou: The First Snow

  He hopped from one heat vent to another, over the ones that lay outside the school buildings. It was below zero degrees Celsius, and he had only worn a down jacket and jeans. He was freezing and needed to stay warm. Sam Chou was starting his second semester at the University of Wisconsin in the year of 1990. He ... Read More »

The Miracle of Life

Morrie’s early years were gruesome and filled with fear, but they shaped a man who taught his son to stand down for nothing and stand up for everything. It wasn’t something you see often. Nazi soldiers flooding the streets as Polish residents were called out, manhandled, and forced to their knees. The air was thick with crackling tension, only broken ... Read More »

Andrew B. Kim: An Extraordinary Life

Andrew B. Kim led no ordinary life. As a child, his family had lived through the Korean War in Seoul of South Korea, when Japanese occupation had forced the Kims into brutal suffering. Though waves of hardship hit his family time and time again, Andrew’s parents pushed him and his older sister to strive for opportunity in better places. “There ... Read More »

Kansen Chu

He wasn’t always San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu. When he arrived in the States, he had been Kansen Chu the engineer and then Kansen Chu the waiter. Though he grew up in Taiwan and attended the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology with a major in electrical engineering, his parents and two brothers had followed his uncle to ... Read More »

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