Chinese Girl In The Ghetto – Power and Enterprise of the Human Spirit
Report by Betty Sakai
(Ying Ma brought C-SPAN with her to tape a Book-TV review. It is expected to be broadcast the weekend of June 15-16th but check the schedule at http://booktv.org/)
The power and enterprise of the human spirit is what Ying Ma presented to a welcoming Forum audience June 4th. Promoting her book, Chinese Girl In TheGhetto, Ying Ma detailed the odds stacked against her family as they legally immigrated into the United States when she was in 4th grade. She said she thought the streets of America were lined with gold, her expectations shattered when her parents moved into a ghetto in Oakland CA where they encountered much prejudice, homelessness, and violence. As a family they worked together to rise out of poverty. Living poor in America without the debilitating restraints of living in a Communist country where government opposes the free market is preferable Ying said to living one’s whole life controlled and in mediocrity.
Noting that in 2008 Barack Obama with little experience was heralded for writing two books, Ying laughingly mused that she too has written one of two books thinking she would like to become President of the United States one day…except that not being born here would disqualify her from running for that office…. She then stated, “Freedom is not supposed to be easy” but then admitted pragmatically that had she known her parents would have qualified for welfare, she would have encouraged them to apply for it. She added, the odds are stacked against anyone trying to get out of poverty, but welfare checks do not help because free money is not about welfare. Money not worked for robs the recipient of their pride and independence. She advised, “Do not make excuses for yourself. Do not blame others. Work hard.” On illegal immigration, Ying discussed a system that is broken without teeth or rule of law, that America must enforce its borders and deport anyone who is not legal, giving visas to skilled labor that can provide the needed expertise for American businesses to compete. Charismatic leaders who encourage entrepreneurs--not political correctness--is the answer, she noted. After answering quite a few questions, Ying ended her presentation to a round of spirited applause!
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