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. This included abandoning 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 including education, access to medicine, and 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, I was told that 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 difficult 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 I could have faced otherwise. With the odds and statistics against so many babies in China at that 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 extra curricular activities, making new friends and having supportive teachers. My passion for adoption ultimately skyrocketed as I continued to learn more, debunk my own misconceptions, and volunteer within my community, especially in relation to adoption. Even now as I write this, I am constantly learning new facts that change my perspectives which is why I always encourage education and awareness. Seeing the lack of awareness and the stigma that surrounds adoption on a national and global scale I decided to take initiative at a personal level to share my story and passion to solve these issues within the world.
I owe so much of my motivation, skills and success to the Miss America Organization. My inspiring Aunt introduced me to this system at a young age, starting in their mentorship programs. Now, I 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 has provided me with numerous skills to grow as a person. In addition, the countless volunteers, directors, and contestants have all shaped me into the person I am today. For that, I am forever grateful for the relationships I have gained all over the country from this program.
I believe that I was given a purpose to share my story to shed light on adoption, educate others, and solve issues the adoptee community faces. I am passionate about celebrating our backgrounds and where we all come from because individuality makes us each so unique and beautiful. Every adoptee's story is different and I utilize the platforms I have to celebrate as many of these stories as I can to spread positivity in others' lives through education and awareness. 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 some new facts! Thank you again for taking the time to visit my page! If you would like to connect or feature your story, I would love to hear from you!
"No one ever made a difference being like everyone else"
- P.T Barnum
Sincerely and with a smile,