请听西雅图中文电台的“2020年美国大选特别节目 — 专访华州第41选区众议员My-Linh Thai“
专访华州第41选区众议员My-Linh Thai （2020年10月23日，小元主持，嘉宾：My-Linh Thai，翻译：Rachel Liu）
小元：亲爱的听众朋友们，晚上好。 今天我们非常荣幸地邀请华州众议员My-linh Thai接受我们的采访。My-linh Thai是前贝尔维尤学区总监。她是一名医疗保健专业人员，并赢得了PTSA父母大奖，她致力于改善所有华盛顿人的教育，机会和生活质量。我们非常荣幸能代表My-linh Thai。欢迎来到我们的节目。
My-linh Thai：是的，我做了很多。 2020年是一个繁忙的过程。我所做的其中一项工作是与在华盛顿州设有办事处并负责监督的企业建立联系。大家记得，大流行开始时最大的一件事情是PPE的严重短缺，PPE是个人防护设备，特别是N95口罩，尤其是那些当时为我们一线工作者的医疗服务提供者提供的防护设备，能够建立连接，并确保将这些连接提升到州一级的级别，以便在整个州范围内都可以使用N95面罩。
(My-Linh Thai and her family)
(The following the transcript of the interview)
Xiaoyuan: Good evening. audience. We are very honor to have state representative My-linh Thai take the interview. state representative Thai is the former Bellevue school district president. And she is a health care professional and award Winning PTSA as a parent who is committed to improving education, opportunity, and quality of life for all Washingtonians. We are very honor to have representative My-linh Thai. Welcome to our show.
My-linh Thai: Thank you so much for having me. Thank you.
Xiaoyuan: my first question is, I have learned you immigrated to united states and one state as a the vet names refugee with your family when you were 15 years old. So how importantly is it to you that America is a welcome country for immigrants and refugees?
My-linh Thai: Thank you so much for the questions. I first want to extend my hello to the Chinese of Seattle Chinese radio station’s audience. I see you as the big group of API Asian Americans that are significantly increasing in our populations. And I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the state and everyone who call Washington our home. So as the question posed, I am a refugee from Vietnam. I came here with my family in 1983. So how important is it to me that America is a welcome country for immigrants and refugees?
when I was 15, I heard my parents and many of the family members and friends celebrate and congratulate and give us best wishes as we left our home, but for a teenager at the time, I didn’t quite understand the significance.
I heard many of my family who’s still in Vietnam believing that the land of this country is the land of opportunities, is the land that would give people not only a second chance to build their life, but it is a land that would open arms and embrace those who see this place as a place of justice and giving people a chance to be something bigger than and ourselves.
And for that, that is exactly why I decided to run for office and be part of something bigger than myself as a Vietnamese refugee.
It’s critically important that our country continue the values. And the USA beacons of hope for every refugees and immigrants in the world that if you want to start an innovative idea and where you couldn’t do it, you don’t have the capacity to upstart your idea.
Come to America. This is the land of opportunity. And we will make sure that your innovative ideas have place to grow. And then you can take it back out to the world wherever it is and put that dreams further.
Xiaoyuan: you had been the president of Bellevue school district. So what’s the biggest accomplishment when you were the president of Bellevue school district?
My-linh Thai: What would I consider the biggest accomplishment? I would probably say that is really good. I Bellevue school district in the area of academic success, as many of us know, have already on the map. It was not only on the map at the state level, but every school district academic success has been on the map at the national level. And during my term serving a school board director, it started to be on the map in the global level.
What I would consider my contribution to the Bellevue school district as a whole is to bring the image of every school district as an advocate advocating for each and every of our students, and also to push forward more engagement with parents and communities.
Many things that when it’s come to public school, only parents and students matter in the work around public education. I believe that the entire community voice in that space matter because with our community who generously and always so supportive of the Beverly school district by passing many levies and bonds to help. The services are available for our teachers and our students, and so are the community voices, those who live within the Bellevue school district borders who do not have a children in the school district are equally important. So I would say those would be something I’m very proud of, is to engage conversation with at large community in the Bellevue school district.
Xiaoyuan: What will be your highest priority if you’re re-elected as the state representative at the legislative district 41?
My-linh Thai: My highest priority is definitely around the area of equity. For me, how I see equity is to give opportunities and access to these opportunities. And I want to speak very specifically. First and foremost, education. We have seen with the pandemic, our educational structure is being uprooted our normal classrooms.
And everyday school life have changed significantly. So in order to support our students in our family, we want to make sure that not only they have all the tools needed to be successful, but the support not only from the community, but at state level as well. So students, teachers, and parents have all the tools that they needed for both economic success, and of their mental health. That lead to my next priority is health care. We have seen so much disparity in health care services and access to health care. During the pandemic, it happened before it was well hidden. So Covid-19 pandemic is open up for everybody to see.
I want to make sure that health care services, especially in mental health care, would be available to our students, families, and across the 41st legislative district.
Last but not least, is equity and accessibility to housing. We think that the 41st district is an affluent district. Unfortunately, many of the individual who live within the school district that experience social, economic, difficulty, and challenges are not seen and are not heard. So if we are not take a look deeper into this very concerning as far as housing and homelessness, we will only have to pay for it at the end of the spectrum.
And so I wanted to be able to be in front of it and making sure that there are investment into housing. Affordable housing are too many of the community members who live in the 41st district.
So education, health care, and housing on the phone.
Xiaoyuan: what’s your biggest advantage over your opponent on this position?
My-linh Thai: I don’t know about the advantage. I think a lot of people say being an incumbent is an advantage. I have not seen that as the case. I think I am naturally a curious person. I want to understand a lot. And I wanted to listen to people because I always believe that I can learn something from others, including my opponent. I would say that has been helpful for me. Again, as somebody who came to this country without a word of English, as a refugee, which means we didn’t have the luxury of packing, anything with us leading to an honor to serve as a state representative in the 41st legislative district? I would say, due to the curiosity, the openness to learned and really is a sense of being inclusive, bringing people together so that we can make big things happen.
Xiaoyuan: What will you do for the Covid-19 pandemic as a state representative?
My-linh Thai: Yes, I have done quite a bit. It has been a busy procession in 2020. One of the pieces I have done was to connect with business who has office both here in Washington and oversee. The biggest piece at the beginning of the pandemic, as you remember, was a significant shortage of PPE which is proportional protective equipment specifically N95 mask, as especially those supplies for the healthcare providers who are the frontline worker for us during that time, I was able to make that connections and making sure that those connections are elevated to the state level so that supply for N95 mask was made available across the state.
Secondly, I our office, I have been working with many of the constituents to resolve some of the unemployment backlog as we follow the statewide order stay home, stay safe. And the closure of many of the businesses and state government agencies and parallel with that, I was engaged with both the King County public health and the statewide department of health to engage in conversations of how we could make sure that there are more testing, timely, probably available to everyone in the state. Last but not least before the end of legislative sessions, I was warned many of my colleague voting for additional funding specifically for the state to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
Xiaoyuan: you have a happy family. You have two children and both of them had been in Bellevue school district. So can you share your family values?
My-linh Thai: Absolutely. I am raised deeply in Asian culture. First of all, I believe that I’m not here by some magic.
I’m here because of my ancestors. I am the continuing of my parents, my great grandparents. And those are before that, I have not had the privilege to meet. But I’m carrying their blood. And then I would create that connection with the future generations. My children, my grandchildren, and many more after that. So what I do now really impacts the name of my family, of my ancestor, and also impact the trajectory of what my children and the future generation will carry. So that is the first family value that I continuously teaching my children. That they can have an independent thinking. But whatever choice of action that they do, they need to always remember it reflect are our family.
And not only within our family, it we are here in the United States of America is not our motherland. Whatever we do reflect on the values of our motherland to of who we come from and thousands of years of civilization. We learned a lot from that. And other values that I have been instilling in my children is that whatever we do, there’s always consequence to it.
There’s no single actions that we put out there that would not have a consequence to it. So if we put our kindness, kindness will come back. If we put out the thought, ideal actions that are that would be hurtful would come back. In another word, karma. And I believe in karma. I believe that the word need always more kindness and compassion. Those are our family values. And we stuck with it.
Xiaoyuan: what will you say something to the voters in the Chinese community.
My-linh Thai: Yes. As at the beginning of this conversation, I am grateful that we are here.
I’m grateful for the history. Many of Chinese Americans who have done in term of civil rights fighting so that my children can be in public school. So that I have to go back and visit my home country Vietnam. A key to be free without fear, so that we have places like the Wing Luke museum in Seattle, to really come back to and understand the fight. And the struggle goes and to appreciate the right that the Asian American community get to enjoy now. So I am grateful for you for all the work that the Chinese American community have done and I get to benefit.
So in order to reflect that gratitude, I promise to continue that work. I promise to continue the fight for civil rights, for the right of the people to exist. Because we are here. This is now our second home. We embrace it. We want to make sure it’s not only the home for us right now, it is the home for our children and future generation. So for that, I thank you, the Chinese community.
And please vote if you can vote early. it is a way for us to really share who we are and elect the people who represent us. Thank you.
Xiaoyuan: thank you so much. So we are really honor to have state representative to be on our show and good luck for your election campaign.
My-linh Thai: I thank you so much. I thank you again for this opportunity to speak to your audience. I do wish I can speak in mandarin or any of the dialect. my in-law has asked me to learn, and luckily my children get to learn Mandarin. But I did not have that opportunity.
Xiaoyuan: Nice. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks. Bye bye. thank you.
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