Lansing lawyer from China becomes citizen to vote

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Ying Liu

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Ying Liu

LANSING, Mich. – Ying Liu became a U.S. citizen this summer.

Liu moved here from China to get her law license but finally decided to become a full lawyer in order to vote in the United States 2016 presidential election.

“I think it’s a serious commitment for me to give up my original nationality to be fully committed to a country, [and] that’s why it took me years to consider and take the step,” said Liu, who is the vice president of the Greater Lansing Chinese Association.

She cast her vote for Hillary Clinton because of the former Secretary of State’s “personal experience.”

“She has been in public service for over 30 years.” Liu said. “I think the country is safer with her.”

Liu is not only Lansing resident from China who is in favor of Clinton. Julie Jiang cast her vote for Clinton as well.

“I’m afraid that most of the career women would choose Hillary.” Jiang said. “She has more experience in serving the public than Donald Trump does.”

She followed the presidential election from the very beginning, but said she made her decision just a few days ago.

However, for the most of the Chinese community, their political views — and vote – are considered private.

“We just don’t like to talk about it in the public, from cultural perspective,” said Yi Shi, the president of Greater Lansing Chinese Association.

In fact, while Liu spoke about her preference, she was careful to explain that her opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect that of the GLCA.

A street interview on Election Day showed that 9 out of 10 Chinese people in Lansing were reluctant to discuss the presidential election.

Wendy Ye, a waitress working at Everyday, a Chinese restaurant on Grand River Avenue, said she is going to vote but refused to say more.

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