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a letter in the mail, dictating the date that he could take the oath of U.S. citizenship. When the big day arrived, there was little fanfare at home. Shengli went to a federal courthouse in Boston to take the oath — alone. "I went by myself, as it was a business day, and my family was busy," he laughs. "My wife had work obligations, and my children were in school." "I feel very bad about that scheduling con- flict," Ying states. "After he became a citizen, I called him to congratulate him, and we cele- brated afterwards." While all of their extended family remains in China, Ying and Shengli say that Wellesley has become home. "This area reminds us of our hometown in China, with the four sea- sons," Shengli says. "Summer and fall here are so pleasant," Ying adds. "We feel the con- nection." Shengli points out that the couple had learned English before they emigrated to America, and thought they were well-prepared. "But after we landed in the U.S., I thought, 'Oh no, the English we learned is totally differ- ent from how people actually speak here!'" He chuckles. "So one of the best parts of this community is that although we have accents, people are very patient with us — listening to us and encouraging us. That is really nice." Speaking of language, the China-Wellesley connection lives on through the three Li chil- dren, who were all born in the U.S. Ying and Shengli took the kids to visit China last sum- mer, and were happy they appreciated the bonding between China and the U.S. that they have. Perhaps the best endorsement of the couple's decision to move to America is the way their children are blending the two cultures. The couple's 12-year-old daughter communicates with her mother with a Chinese communications app on her iPhone. "Even though we're both in Wellesley, she writes in Chinese to communicate with me," Ying marvels. Two immigration success stories in our midst (among many others), for sure. 89 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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