"In 1969, my parents were sent to the countryside as part of the Cultural Revolution. Ask anyone from China, they will know what I’m talking about. I was only eight years old, and I lived alone in my house for three years. There was one other girl with me. She was eleven, and her parents had also been sent away. Nothing really seems like a struggle compared to that. I worked three jobs when I first moved here, while going to school. But even then it seemed like the hard days were behind me."