The Woman Who Never Sleeps
by Randy Fong
|"Always the strict disciplinarian she was a constant stream of advice. No soda. No TV."|
But raising eight kaidoy kids is just part of who she is. Proud of her
humble, barefoot Hawaiian upbringing, she is smarter than she lets on
to be. With seventy years of life achievement under her belt, she is well
informed, forward thinking, staunchly liberal, technologically unabashed,
filled with opinion, and ready to take on the new millennium. Today, her
life mission focuses on improving US-China relations primarily through
her involvement with the US-China Peoples Friendship Association and Jinan
Sister City. Demonstrated by her work and travels, she is a woman who
keenly understands the interchangeability of words such as "Globalization"
and "Americanization." She gives freely of her time, energy, and resources,
to promote a brand of friendship and peace that knows no geopolitical
boundaries, one that flourishes in spite of cultural differences.
Seventy years of lifetime achievement has seen her transform herself time and time again. The little Hawaiian girl of the thirties and forties went to college, got married and became the supermom of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. In the eighties and nineties she became an advocate of US-China relations as well as a grandmother fifteen times over. The woman never sleeps as she continues her lifelong dedication to both work and family. There simply is no stopping her as she marches onward into the 21st century.