I love that so much of my work helps Asian Amer­i­cans im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tions skills so they can be more suc­cess­ful in ful­fill­ing their own Amer­i­can Dream.”

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as they were so look­ing for­ward to see­ing the Pres­i­dent of the United States,” Li said.

“But then we thought: If the pres­i­dent can’t come to the vil­lage, then we can take the vil­lage to the pres­i­dent,” Li said.

She and her col­leagues quickly im­pro­vised a plan to trans­port as much of the vil­lage and its cul­ture that could fit into the Amer­i­can em­bassy in Dhaka.

“My team worked through the night, re-cre­at­ing some­thing of the vil­lage and its cul­ture in a large court­yard. And by the time Pres­i­dent Clin­ton ar­rived at the se­cured em­bassy the next day, a pretty good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the vil­lage was in place.

“Pres­i­dent Clin­ton was very happy we made that hap­pen,” Li said.

The media cap­tured the event and sent im­ages around the world of the de­lighted Amer­i­can pres­i­dent be­ing given a warm, tra­di­tional South Asian welcome. But the story wasn’t over yet. Years later, Clin­ton told Li that the se­cu­rity threat came from the then rel­a­tively un­known Osama Bin Laden, who, it was thought by US in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers, might have put heavy weapons in the jun­gle which could have fired on the pres­i­den­tial he­li­copter. (This was a year be­fore the ter­ror­ist at­tacks of Septem­ber 11, 2001.)

From her ex­pe­ri­ences, Li saw that “cul­tural bar­ri­ers have to be over­come in or­der for peo­ple and na­tions to suc­cess­fully deal with each other.”

“Com­bined with my own ex­pe­ri­ence as an im­mi­grant, I gen­er­ated a deep de­sire to help those in need, us­ing my cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion ex­per­tise. I felt I could pro­vide a very use­ful ser­vice to im­prove the com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and thus the lives and ca­reers, of my fel­low Asian-Amer­i­can im­mi­grants,” Li said.

“Some of the peo­ple from the Chi­nese main­land are re­ally smart, they have won a lot of prizes, but com­mu­ni­ca­tion has be­come a bar­rier to their go­ing on to higher achieve­ments,” Li said.

“The wis­dom is in their heads, and of course they work

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