The kids here, I feel they have more freedom to discover their interests or to develop themselves. So in China the students had a really hard time…they have more pressure in China. This is my conclusion to this country. What kind of journey? It’s a challenging journey with some difficulties, that’s for sure. Exciting journey. To experience different culture and the environment. And a satisfied journey for self improvement…And a thankful journey for all of the help. People are so nice, I got a lot of help.
Yahui was born in Jiangsu Province, China, and works as a research scientist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biotechnology from Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China, and a PhD in human genetics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Since coming to Worcester in 2006 as a postdoctoral researcher, Yahui has established roots in Worcester. She obtained a permanent resident card, purchased a home, learned to drive, obtained her driver’s license, and established a career. Yahui works as a diabetes researcher at UMass Medical School. In this interview, Yahui discusses her move to Worcester, her work as a scientist, and her adjustment to life and culture in Worcester.