My Family

Here is a bit about my background: My mother was an outstanding kindergarten educator. She received numerous awards for her talented teaching excellence. She was one of the most successful young early education professionals in the country. My father was a great scholar in the field of chemistry. He is now a pharmacist who has helped numerous people with daily medication needs.  They run local businesses and benefiting some communities with better access to high-quality medicine.

My lifetime best friend, Yuan (Clara) Song and Zebang Li, are part of my extending family.

I have three cousins, Aiying, Zhiping (Jackie) and Xirun,  5, 7 and 9 years younger than me, often criticizing how old-school my thoughts were and how far my lifestyle “departs” from their generation, uhh…

Personal Life

BAND: I had an all-Ph.D. band called ‘random algorithm‘. It is now still a Ph.D-majority band after our great, talented bass joined us. I am the percussionist.

HIKE: See my separate hiker’s page, under the hike tab. I am obsessed with the beautiful mother nature in the great evergreen state – Washington.

Yeah, so I do have a personal life besides academia. I am a percussionist enjoying a relatively wide range of genres of music.  I also play tennis, bowling, and golf when I have time. I love “Werewolves”, as well as many other card games. Tired of Hollywood enterprise, I watch Japanese movies and TV series when my academic productivity is low (and by doing so make it even lower). I am an archer using recurve style. I attended several regional tournaments and enjoyed socializing with other archers.

I like my local Seattle neighborhood, and I am happy to provide dinner recommendations per request:)

My favorite museum is Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, P.A.

My favorite city is Fukuoka, Japan. With amazing “夏祭り”, terrific food, dreamy lifestyle and nice neighborhoods, this is a must-go for any traveler.