My story goes a little like this...
I was lucky. I survived the “One Child Policy” in China and was blessed to be placed in an orphanage and ultimately brought to America.
I was born in a country that prided itself on preventing 400 million births (that is more than the population of the U.S.). The “One Child Policy” was gruesome and imposed laws forcing families to sterilize or have abortions, including late-term abortions up to 9 months, or even abandon their newborns in order to keep every household at only one child. However, some families chose to live in hiding to secretly keep their additional children, who then missed out on the gifts we take for granted everyday- education, access to medicine, and even being counted as a citizen.
Due to the different political policies and social standards of China at the time, many adoption stories are uncertain, including mine. However, my family and I believe I was abandoned at a tax office due to the “One Child Policy” ultimately leading to my adoption from an orphanage in Chongqing. Although it is sometimes painful to be uncertain of my biological family and my path to adoption, I feel so blessed to have been adopted and brought to America, especially knowing what could have been. Knowing the statistics and the odds against so many babies in China at the time, I truly “won the lottery”.
During the fifth or sixth grade, I began to learn more about my story and myself through involvement in school sports, making new friends and having supportive teachers. My passion for adoption ultimately skyrocketed as I continued to learn more, debunk my own misconceptions, and become involved in volunteering, especially with the adoption community. Even now as I write this, I am constantly learning new things that change my perspectives which is why I always encourage people to educate themselves! Then, I thought about the lack of awareness and stigma that surrounds adoption on a national and even global scale. Thus, I decided to play my part at a personal level to share my story and passion with the world.
I owe a lot of, if not all my success to the Miss America Organization. I have been a part of this organization since I was really young participating in the mentorship programs they offered. My inspiring Aunt introduced me to this system at a young age, and I could not have been anymore grateful she did. I now compete in the Miss America Organization because I admire the emphasis on education and talents of each individual. This organization not only provides thousands of dollars in scholarships, but it gives me the opportunity to grow into the woman I aspire to be. In addition, the countless volunteers, directors, and contestants have all shaped me in some way into the person I am today. I am forever grateful for the relationships I have gained from this program. Coming full circle around, that little girl who started out rough had no idea what would be in store for her. My story is still being written and is far from over.
I know that I was given a purpose to share my story to shed light on adoption, educate others and support adoptees and adoptive families. Every adoptee's story is different and it has become my mission to use the platforms I have to celebrate as many of these stories as I can and spread positivity in others' lives. I was given a chance at life, so I will continue to use every opportunity I have to serve others.
Now that you know a bit about my background and the fuel to my passion, I invite you to take a look around this site and I hope you learn a thing or two! Thank you again for taking the time to visit my page! If you ever need anything from me, always reach out.
"No one ever made a difference being like everyone else"
- P.T Barnum
Sincerely and with a smile,