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about me

At the age of 15, I moved from my hometown of Harbin, China, to Mie, Japan, knowing no Japanese language or culture. I was placed into a high school that had low expectations for its graduates: not one had attended a formal university. Instead of following the standard path for women in the area, getting married and becoming a housewife, I pushed aside my high school responsibilities and independently studied English from scratch for 14 hours a day for two years. After eight attempts at the university-entrance English test, I became the first student from her high school who was accepted to a formal university. 

During my junior year of college, I founded TEDxRoppongi with the mission of encouraging social innovation by creating a platform for thinkers and innovators in Japan. 

Through designing TED-like experiences, I have found my passion of creating experiences that help people connect, communicate, and collaborate. I have since dedicated my efforts to create empowering experiences for global women's initiatives, such as iamtheCODE: a movement to advance STEAMD education and create 1 million women and girls coders by 2030; Girls20: a program to cultivate a new generation of female leaders and increase female labor force participation worldwide; Womenwill: a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women everywhere, and help transform ways of working to make workplace practices more inclusive. 

I have adopted a few of Toni Morrison’s words as my motto:

When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.
— Toni Morrison