How long have you been at Oregon State? How did you end up here? What’s your career been like?
Two and half years. I moved to Oregon with my husband in August 2016 because of his job at OSU.
I was a stay-home mom for the first one and half years, and started my job at OSU College of Forestry in January 2018.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is the people I work with. They are kind, warm and supportive.
What does your life look like outside work? Tell me about your family and your hobbies.
I have two kids. My daughter just turned six, and my son is four years old. My husband is an anthropologist.
I like piano, harp and classical Chinese music (Zheng, or Zither), and I also like gardening, trying different food, watching films, reading books and travelling.
Have you read, watched or come across anything in pop culture, or just in life lately that you’d like to share with the CoF community?
I’m afraid I am a bit old-fashioned and don’t know much about pop culture…..I’d like to share some of my favorites: all Miyazaki’s cartoon films, Into the West (2005) by Steven Spielberg, Amélie (2001) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Did you celebrate Chinese New Year earlier this year? What does that mean to you? Tell me about your heritage.
It’s a festival of family reunion. In my family, we make dumplings after dinner at New Year’s Eve and eat dumplings as the first breakfast in the New Year.
On the first day of New Year, young members of the family receive red envelops from seniors as a symbol of good luck.
When I was little, my grandparents and parents always put the red envelops under my pillows to ward off evil spirits and protect me from sickness.
Now it’s my turn to put red envelops under my kid’s pillows. I guess that’s part of my “heritage.”