From Shanghai to Oregon: A Conversation With The Honorable Mae Yih

Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

FREE MOCATalks event! Advance registration is required.


As MOCA's 2019 Legacy Awards Honoree, Mae Yih is an internationally esteemed and admired legislator who made history 43 years ago when she won a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives as the first Chinese American elected to a state legislature anywhere in the United States. As a revered public official, Ms. Yih served 26 years in the legislature after she had served on the board of two local schools for 13 years, a total of 39 years of outstanding public services. Ms. Yih's many accomplishments in the State of Oregon include introducing and helping to pass legislation that created a sister-state relationship between Oregon and Fujian province in China. She has made a significant impact in the development of U.S.-China relations for more than three decades. Her book, titled East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace, and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries, shares her experiences and powerful lessons that she learned from life in China, America, and public services.


Join The Honorable Mae Yih as she introduces her journey from a childhood in China, to her immigration to America before the Communist Revolution, to the events that led to a successful career in public service.


The program is moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President. Followed by a book signing.