Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the tragic events in Tiananmen Square.
20 years ago, I was studying under the brilliant Chin-Chuan Lee at the University of Minnesota when the Chinese government quashed the now-famous pro-democracy demonstration.
We suspended our coursework in public opinion for an impromptu discussion of the events that were unfolding halfway across the world. I was too young to truly appreciate what was at stake.
But now I do.
Last night my sister Lara gave birth to her third daughter, Isabella.
In China, a third child—let alone a third daughter—is not an option. Here, it’s a cause for joyous celebration.
I find myself contemplating the future Isabella will face—a future shaped by the struggles and sacrifices of countless generations before her. I hope she will come to appreciate what a privilege it is to have the rights we too often take for granted.
Welcome, Isabella May! (And congratulations, Punk and Paul!)