Born: Guangzhou, China
Education: Electrical engineering degree from Brown University
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Frankly when I was a kid ... because life was hard and you didn’t get to see your parents a lot, you say, ‘All right, I really want to go out of here and see the world and see what it’s like outside the communistic state.’
When I got the chance to come to the U.S., I was very excited. Thanks to the American policy, there’s a charity organization that offers scholarships to come to the U.S. to study, so it was a big break, and it was wonderful and it certainly opened up my eyes big time.
It’s important to go see the world. It’s very different. … Every time you go someplace else and live there and learn the culture and the people, you learn something new.
What was your first job as a child?
The first job that I had was actually a delivery boy for a drugstore. I carried those formulas that people ordered and got to slug it around and deliver it to people’s homes. I was 13.
Whom do you admire most and why?
It’s an old ancient Chinese poet Su Zhi. This guy was a Mandarin, and he worked very hard all his life, but then at the end, he wasn’t going too far, but for the rest he enjoyed his life and he made tremendous, tremendous poems, and he usually wrote his best poems when he was half drunk. The kind of scenarios and the pain in his words is just beyond imagination. It was very good.
What’s your favorite movie?
Actually my favorite movie is ‘Forrest Gump.’ It’s the same thing as that poet. This guy, you think he’s kind of half gone and he did wonderful things.
What’s your favorite board game?
My favorite board game is Go. It’s an old, ancient, Chinese board game, which is made very popular in Japan. They make up of two colors black and white. You choose each side. It’s a war game. It’s very simple to learn, but it’s very difficult to master. You basically try to surround the other side. So if you’re the white side, you want to surround the black side, and it’s a checkered board.