John C. Yang's Journey to Asian American Justice

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Please welcome John Thanks. Show thank you so much for being here and talking with US and chatting with US. I have to say we were all looking at your bio and resume and it pretty much belongs to an Asian mother's dream. It's very very intimidating. You are irrational lawyer. You worked under Obama. The president the only president that parents probably know about you. Yourself are president of insert prestigious Asian American organization. Here you have so many accomplishments so on the surface it's again quite intimidating but I'm sure it wasn't You know rainbows and it wasn't an easy path to getting to where you are. Sure to. A lot of hard work and determination just reading the articles that you were involved in your son of immigrants who experience a lot of the same challenges that may be somewhere listeners or people who are represented country also experience. So could you walk us through your personal journey and how you got to? Ajc sure we have to do. I thank you very much for having me on the show. It's a pleasure to be here and you're right. It's interesting because a one level if you look at my quotable resume I'm not a doctor so I don't have that going for the Asia gene so to speak but I've been very privileged to have a lot of professional successes but one thing that I don't have on my bio but that I actually do talk about bit is the fact that I was undocumented immigrants so my background is very much like all of our background with respect to being coming from an immigrant family and at one point when we were growing up. I was still a child volley out of status. My parents came here on a work visa and that work visa expired and they had to make the decision of whether to go back to China or stay in the United States until by I always reflect back on the courage that my parents had in decided to stay here because at that time I was nine years old my brother might have been ten years old and they knew that for us to go back to China when we had raised here made no and so that does carry with me in terms of the work that I do now and always remembering. Why won't do the work that I do? Not As amazing. Um I mean you just like I I you know I went out. I came into this country. You know I didn't have paperwork for myself either and through various hardships Many years going to the social security office in a winter time to renew social security and get a new a worker's permit like a family was able to get a green card before My parents my brother and I had to go to college. So we were able to benefit from student aid but So I totally understand like the struggles of The uncertainty that you kind of have to go through to being essentially a second class citizen in a country. So that's you know I applaud you for that But with that said like you know I'm assuming like the sense of Being an other in a country and really a persevering through all of that kind of drew you into working at a legal realm but is there anything else that kind of like Made you want to work in Asian American justice. Well it started because I grew up in the mid west and what I grew up in the Midwest at that time there were few Asian Americans literally account a my hand. The number of asian-americans in my graduating class graduated class of five hundred. Sixty some kids and that always stuck with me and let's let's be real right growing up. I had my fair number of occasions where salute will call me. Chink or someone would call me a racial slur and when your kid you don't really know how to deal with it you you you get into fights arguments at always lived with me and then obviously the immigration experienced lives with me and so when. I was thinking about what I wanted to do. A idea of a legal background not necessarily becoming a lawyer but just having illegal background seemed to make sense because it felt like it would open up opportunities and to allow me to help others. I know that sounds grand but it did go through my mind as a find a way to help

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