I am a living legacy of my mom, Ai Ling Guan 管爱玲. This is because my mom literally dedicated her life to raising her two children. She could have had an amazing career in any field she chose. She demonstrated that in her time at China University of Petroleum 中国石油大学, where she was leading the student government and the entire student body, and where she hosted a radio news show for the school. She was a natural-born leader who was also extremely book smart, street smart, resourceful, and hard-working on top of it all. She was the leader of her family, both in China and in the U.S., and she led her groups of friends in everything, whether it was camping trips in Yosemite National Park or buying new homes for our family. My mom could have easily been on top of the world, but she chose instead to push her gifts to the next generation, to me and my younger brother, James Hu. She was a full-time stay-at-home mom, instilling in us the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, resilience, and love for us to go out into the wild world and treat it as our oyster. This was the greatest gift that my mother left for me, more so than any amount of money or assets.
This program 管爱玲奖学金 is in memory of Ai Ling Guan and the values that she stood for. It will bestow onto her scholarship winners the resources to approach life boldly and confidently the way that she did. You will have the honor of joining me as one of my mother’s living legacies.