Shanghai, China. I first studied in America when I was a freshman at Evergreen State College, WA. Over the summer when I was there I lived with a local family and made friends from everywhere. As transformative and impressive as the trip was, I didn’t think a summer would be sufficient for me to see […]
New York, N.Y. 2015 marks the 7th year that I have co-chaired the National Meningitis Association (NMA) gala with Gary Springer. Lenore Cooney joined us as a third co-chair a few years ago. The NMA gala has become a family affair for us and our children. Barry Klarberg and Sara Herbert-Galloway. Photo: HerbertCollection. Gary Swanson, […]
By Matthew R. Drayton New York, N.Y. During the past few months, there has been numerous incidents— some tragic—where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, including Ferguson, South Carolina and New York being the most well-known. Some of the incidents were caught on video. There are nearly 780,000 […]
I grew up in China where racism has never been a social issue due to the lack of racial diversity, so learning what really happened here in America is not just eye opening; it changes how I see this country in a lot of ways.
Greenwich, CT. I was recently asked to testify before Congress by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut regarding my work to help end human trafficking. I asked, “Why me?” There are many other people more well versed on this issue.” I was told that I was asked because I’m a Registered Nurse and (because of […]
New York, N.Y. For the first time in my life when I heard the reverberating trumpeting scream of an elephant, the adrenaline rush did not induce me to action, instead I just stood transfixed—awed by the tone of its sheer primeval splendor My hand alongside one blood splatter shows how mortal the wound could be! […]
Washington, D.C. President Obama released a statement this morning on the tragic death of Kayla Jean Mueller, an aid worker who was taken hostage by ISIL in 2013: “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Kayla Jean Mueller. On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I convey our deepest condolences […]