A Global Citizen

By Matt L

Joanne S. moved to the United States from China in the 1980s. When asked why, she replied simply "To become a global citizen." Mrs. S is currently a chinese teacher at a private school in North Carolina. She has an A.A. from WenZao Ursuline College of Languages, the only college devoted to languages in Taiwan, as well as a B.A. from Rutgers State University of New Jersey. She chose to immigrate to the United States from China because of the oppurtunities for those who are willing to work hard for it - the American Dream! She describes her first reaction of America as the "greatest place in the world."

She describes the biggest difference from her life in China as the transportation - having a car was very different to her! She spoke English before coming to the United States, as well as 33 other dialects of Mandarin Chinese, making her an ideal teacher.

Her life in China was average, or as average as any life in China is. There were fifty plus students in her classes growing up, very different from the school that she works at now. When she was asked if she had any mementos from her life in China that were epecially special to her, she said "Far to many to pick just one."

In the United States, Mrs. S has two sisters, one brother and all of their families, as well as her own family. America met her expectations so much the rest of her family moved here as well!

While Mrs. S says she misses China immensly, she still visits annuelly, and more often in more recent years.

Mrs. S
Mrs. S


WenZao Ursuline College, Taiwan
WenZao Ursuline College, Taiwan