Congressional Gold Medal for WWII Chinese American Veterans Initiative

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Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably and we need to encourage the Congress to act favorably on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans.  

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  Immediately upon meeting Brenda Fong, you will discover that you will receive much more than you give in any exchange. "Minnesota is home…" says Brenda. However, she still fondly remembers growing up in Kwonloon and Hong Kong.

Brenda’s family included three brothers and a sister. Her father traveled most of the time as a crew member on a cruise ship line, so her mother needed to have the energy and determination to raise five children—mostly on her own.

 

Brenda met her husband when she was 19. He was a Chinese American who was also a student in Hong Kong. He persuaded Brenda that moving to the United States would be wonderful. So off to Minnesota they went. First impressions are easy to recall. As a naïve 20 year old, she noticed contrasts to Hong Kong: Minnesota had no tall buildings and no night life at that time. On the positive side, it was lush and green, and the people were very friendly and welcoming.

 

Brenda and her husband, David, settled into family life and quickly built a family of four wonderful children. Brenda volunteered for the Asian community by providing translation services between Cantonese and English for schools, hospitals and the local court system.

In 1989, Brenda started working at Norwest Bank (which later merged with Wells Fargo) as a utility clerk on the second shift, allowing her ample time to spend with her developing family. Her ambition and mantra "failure is not an option" presented her with an opportunity in customer service and as an operations manager.

 

In 2003, Brenda began volunteering more of her time with the Dragon Festival and other Asian community boards such as MnCan (Minnesota Corporate Asian Network). Brenda was elected as the chair for the Dragon Festival for 2006 and 2008. This popular annual event has continued to grow and flourish with her active involvement and leadership.

 

Today, Brenda is a Community Banking store manager for Wells Fargo’s Silver Lake Plaza store at Saint Anthony Village. She specializes in consumer/small business banking and brings her winning attitude to her customers.

 

Brenda welcomes contact with the Twin Cities community.

She can be reached at:

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Office – 612-316-1548
Cell – 651-675-8446

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CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

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