Ed­ward Chow: lead­ing through ex­am­ple

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“When my staff saw me work­ing so hard, they would say, ‘I have to work too,’ he re­called. “When you are in a lead­er­ship po­si­tion, you must lead by ex­am­ple. You can­not sit back and let some­body else to do it.”

Years of de­vo­tion paved the way for Chow to the US Fed­eral gov­ern­ment. He was ap­pointed to deputy as­sis­tant sec­re­tary at the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs in 1993.

Chow said many vet­er­ans were not aware of their post-war trauma or the ben­e­fits they were en­ti­tled to and tried to help them out of their predica­ments.

One vet­eran was a Chi­nese Amer­i­can who told Chow that he could not sleep at night and got sweats. Chow per­suaded him to ac­cept coun­sel­ing, even though he didn’t want to.

Chow was grat­i­fied to see the vet­eran got bet­ter un­der his help.

“A part of lead­er­ship is to take care of peo­ple who are not able to take care of them­selves,” Chow said.

Though Chow re­tired from the Clin­ton Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2001, he did not re­tire from his de­vo­tion to vet­er­ans and Asian com­mu­ni­ties.

Chow later be­came the pres­i­dent of the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica in 2006. Mean­while, he was also a di­rec­tor at the Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can In­sti­tute for Con­gres­sional Stud­ies, and a life mem­ber of Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars.

In 2009, he was ap­pointed Sec­re­tary of the Mary­land State Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, the same year he was en­ter­ing his 70s.

Deeply in­flu­enced by his mother, who was elected as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of King County in Washington State at the age of 53, Chow like­wise loves help­ing oth­ers. That is why he never turns back on re­quests from Asian com­mu­ni­ties and vet­er­ans’ af­fairs.

“There are two prin­ci­ples in my fam­ily: to love your par­ents, and to love Amer­ica,” Chow re­mem­bers. Cai Chun­y­ing and Liu Xiaox­ian in Washington con­trib­uted to this story.

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CAI CHUN­Y­ING / CHINA DAILY

For­mer Deputy As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of the US Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Ed­ward Chow says part of lead­er­ship is to take care of peo­ple who are not able to take care of them­selves.

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