Since today is my birthday and I have never really introduced myself to the audience of this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to post my self introduction article from 2006. That initial article launched my career as the Woodbury Bulletin columnist in 2006.
Not much has changed in regarding to my background and myself, except the time has changed. And I no longer write the weekly column for the print edition of Woodbury Bulletin, instead I write this daily blog that is linked to the Bulletin’s home page.
I hope the article will help connect some of the dots I threw out in “100 blogs, 100 words” on 2/26/2010.
Here are some pictures. Unfortunately my parents lost all of my childhood pictures during one of their moves. I didn’t have many to start with. Now I just have pictures starting from my college years in Beijing, China.
I was in front of the university entrance, shortly before graduating.
Standing on the Tiananmen Square, in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen in Chinese), the front entrance into the Imperial City (or Forbidden City). It is widely used as a national symbol, just like the White House is a national symbol for the United States. Here Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic on Oct. 1, 1949. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen
Facing a brighter future, I left for Germany that year.
Standing on the Old Bridge in front of the Heidelberg Castle. The Old Bridge and the Castle are symbols of Heidelberg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg_Castle
The year I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Madison Campus is very colorful and pretty in the fall. Behind me is Lake Mendota.
I worked in Chicago for a few years before moving to Minnesota.
My family moved into the new house in Woodbury.