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The struggle for strength


American Family AVP Mingju Sun shares her journey from rural China to Madison, Wisconsin, and how she finds strength in a male-dominated field. 

Raised in Gaoqing, Shandong Province, a rural Chinese village, I was born a great disappointment to both my parents and grandparents. In China, birthing a son is celebrated, but a girl, well, we’re disappointments. My parents redeemed themselves by having my two brothers after I was born.

Increasing the pressure on me.

My parents are extremely hard working, but sorely undereducated. My mom is illiterate, and my dad completed middle school. I ended up in boarding school, where everything is provided, including meals, supplies and uniforms. It was my greatest opportunity, and I worked hard to be one of the top students out of 500.

Once I graduated middle school, my parents expected me to start working in a factory, so I could contribute to the family. They even signed a form indicating their intentions. Lucky for me, one of my teachers saw my potential and gave me a new form to fill out. I forged my parents’ signature, and while they were furious, I was able to continue my studies.

Read the rest of Ming's story on the ideas sharing site, Medium.


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