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#HumansOfDukeSanford: Yuran Chen, PPS '18

October 28, 2016

This is the fifth #HumansOfDukeSanford story of the semester. One story will be published weekly this fall.

Yuran Chen portrait

"My parents immigrated from China to Singapore when they were quite young for work. As a kid moving from Singapore to the US and fitting in here, I realized my life had been a lot easier. We were really lucky. But it’s so arbitrary. For another family, maybe they had a more difficult route getting here, which makes so much of a difference in where we turn out, but you can’t forget that we all started in the same place.

It’s really easy for Donald Trump to stand on a podium or talk on a TV show and say that immigrants are bad. 'These people are stealing jobs, they’re taking over our country, they’re grabbing our welfare…' But when you talk to people and you give these people a voice and put faces with the voices you hear, it’s really humanizing. They’re just people that want jobs and security. They’ve heard great things about America and that’s why they came here. It’s one thing to look at statistics and studies, but narratives are just an extra layer of humility through which we can see these people." - Yuran Chen, PPS '18

Photography/Interview: Katherine M. Zhou / Edited by Joel Luther