WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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liked Boston — it's very beautiful, with lots of history, and the best col- leges and universities here," Shengli says. "So when we looked for jobs, we looked for local companies." They both immediately found work, and their respective employers sponsored them for the H-1B work visa. Not long after, their first son was born. "Our eldest son is partially the reason why we stayed here," states Ying. Two more children came. "We were establishing our roots here," she continues. For that reason, Ying and Shengli decided to apply for lawful perma- nent residency, under the so-called Green Card (a Permanent Resident Card, technically). "The card isn't even green, just the print on it," Shengli points out. A few years ago there was a funny moment: "My son saw the card in passing, and said, 'Oh look, a green card!'" Ying laughs. Immigrated from: B E I J I N G , C H I N A The couple has been in the United States for 20 years, and their immigration story is as relevant as ever. Shengli is originally from Beijing, while Ying was born north of Beijing. They met in the city, fell in love, and were married in China. But, they felt there was something more for them out there. "We were students at one of the top research institutes in China, but we were like many young people," says Ying. "Young adults always want to see what things look like in another part of the world and to explore better opportunities." To realize their dream, the young couple had to temporarily say good- bye to each other. Ying arrived in Massachusetts first on an F-1 student visa, attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Not long after, Shengli reunited with her. Today, Shengli is a software engineer in the IT industry, while his wife is a scientist at a pharmaceutical company. Upon graduation, the couple realized that they wanted to remain in Massachusetts, rather than look for employment elsewhere. "We really The Li Family 86 Welcome Home W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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