Secretary Elaine Chao

 
 
 

How a Chinese family beat the odds to make it big in the US

It’s not everyday that an immigrant family makes it big even in the “land of plenty”. But the Chao family has made it. US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao took part in China Daily online dialogue Monday to share the story of her family’s struggle with Chinese netizens.

In town as head of the US presidential delegation at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Chao said in a lighter vein: “President (George W.) Bush brought his father to Beijing, so I brought my father too.”

Her father, James Chao, too participated in the session.

Elaine Chao, the first Chinese American in the US cabinet, is a popular figure in China. Netizens and mobile phone users asked her thousands of questions, ranging from China’s culture to the competition between Chinese and American workers for jobs. But her family’s struggle after migrating to the US was the most common one.

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