East Meets West

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Oregon Historical Society says
Mae Yih, who made history in 1976 when she became the first Chinese American woman elected to a state legislature in the United States, and who would go on to serve twenty-six years in the Oregon House of Representatives and Oregon State Senate, will host a book talk and signing to discuss and sign her new autobiography, East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries.

Published by RLO Media Productions of Portland, Oregon, East Meets West is a first-person account of Yih’s remarkable journey from a childhood in war-torn China to college education in New York City to life as a wife and mother in Albany, Oregon to a public service career that would see her named by local Oregon newspapers as one of the mid-Willamette Valley’s “outstanding leaders of the twentieth century.”

Known for her tireless efforts on behalf of her constituents, Yih never lost an election in her public service career. In East Meets West, Yih writes about her political philosophies and priorities and shares behind-the-scenes stories of legislative battles. She also details her single-handed efforts to open doors in China to Oregon businesses—efforts that helped lead to China becoming the top destination for Oregon exports.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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