Through "RepresentASIAN", we will introduce and interview a flourishing representative of the Asian community to empower minorities as a whole and recognize the brilliant feats they are capable of. We will highlight less-prominent figures for their contributions towards increasing diversity and their outstanding achievements in various occupations. In other words, these are names you may have never heard of that deserve to be in the spotlight!
Now, Li is focused on her largest goal yet: A seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. For the past few years, she has campaigned for support among the many districts of Philadelphia. “They don’t know what they’re dealing with,” Li says of her critics, who argue that she is too young and overly ambitious. “No one wants this more than me.”
I interviewed Ms. Li over the phone to understand how she obtains the courage to follow her unconventional dreams:
2. Any advice for young Asians who feel like they must follow a "conventional" path to success?
Growing up Asian isn't always the easiest... [But] they don’t know what they’re dealing with. If you want something bad enough, even if it's not the standard "Asian success story," you’ll figure out a way to get it. Never stop fighting.
Even a loss won’t stop Lindy Li from getting what she wants. “Congressional elections are every two years, you know,” she has stated. She’ll keep trying until she gets there, and we believe in her tremendously!
Author: Claire Cao
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