Local woman connects with her roots in China

Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 03:41 PM.

"Most now have separated stalls, sinks (the men and women often share sinks in a common area) and sometimes even paper is provided," she said. "Very happy surprise!"

Yii's father came to the United States in 1949 to pursue a master's degree, and a better education. He went on to also earn a Ph.D. He met and married Yii's American mother and together they had three daughters.

When Yii found out in 1988 that she had a brother in China that she never knew existed, she went over in search of him.

"It's heartwarming to me to have this other family," said Yii. "To be able to say 'I love you' to this brother and I am so glad God gave him to me."

Yii returned from her journey on Feb. 15, and says she will go again.

Yii has been trying for seven years to get permission for her brother to come here to visit, but to no avail. He is a retired mechanic and would like to spend 30 days here with her and exploring as he has never been.

"It's my heart's desire to welcome him to this country," she said. "We have no trouble going there, but it is more difficult for them to come here."

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