We are so excited to be here for the celebration! Thank you, Frank and Laura, for hosting this. I don't know if we can call this an American Dream or Chinese Dream, but it is the proudest moment in our extended family. My mother and so many of our relatives have traveled all the way from China, I have to say on their own expenses.
I was a little emotional when the flight staff announced this time that we were approaching San Francisco, actually San Francisco was where I took my first step on American soil. I can tell you a story showing how China has been transformed in such a short period. During my first day in America at San Francisco International Airport almost twenty-seven years ago, when I walked toward the airport automatic door, the door opened to me. I said to myself: "That door is so smart”，I would like to remind you that I was from a top five city in China.
Actually Jason helped himself immigrate to America. When his mom carried him to Beijing to apply for a US Visa, it was so hard to obtain an American visa during that time. But Jason immediately identified me from the passport photo, and they gave him the visa. Once Jason and his mom arrived in St. Louis, I didn't have a car, so my cardiologist friend agreed to go with me to the airport.
Jason is such an excellent son and we as the young parent virtually grew up together with him. He fully experienced all those joys and challenges that first-generation Americans face. Jason is also such an independent man, we had the privilege to raise him and to be friends with him. We also have to say sorry to him at this occasion that we should not leave him at library or bookstore for long hours when we were studying hard to pass our medical boards or exams. Jason's independence was shown to us like this: when we were at his first Christmas party came back home from Yale, one of our friends, an ER physician, asked him: "How was the life at Yale? Did you meet any girls?" We all looked at Jason when he responded: "Yes, I met a girl from Virginia ". This was our first time to know that he met Julia, they’ve been in love since their Yale blind date. Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter for us as well, we are all so happy that Julia is joining our family for the long and prosperous journey ahead.
I was thinking to give Jason and Julia three suggestions, but I realized Jason already followed two of them, the father and the son are the soulmates here. But anyway I will give them now: 1。Marry your classmate; 2。Marry a girl who is a few months older than you. These are two of our family's traditions; 3. Don't bring your stress or challenges from outside into the family's dinner table.