Ying holding her citizenship party cakes.
Ying with her mother, daughter & husband at her citizenship party
Life Enrichment Coordinator Betty Jean presents Ying with a United States citizen t-shirt
June 19th, the day that Ying Wang Julian became a naturalized United States citizen, her daughter Xiao Fan got her Montana driver’s license, so it was a double cause for a family celebration. Ying works in food service at Sweetwater Retirement Community. The next day the family, including Ying’s husband Dean Julian and her mother Shu Hua, came to a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at Sweetwater celebrating Ying’s citizenship.
Ying and her husband Dean met in Beijing in 2008 when Dean was working in China. The two were introduced by Ying’s younger brother who lives with his family in North Carolina and who is a friend of Dean. Ying and her daughter came to the U.S. in 2010 and she and Dean were married in Billings.
In China, Ying taught art, Chinese and math in a middle school. She had taken some English classes in college, but didn’t study it seriously until she came to the United States and began studying English with a computer program. As her English improved, she looked for employment and soon found a job as part of the food service crew at Sweetwater where she is popular and appreciated by staff and residents. Ying went back to China for several weeks when her father was gravely ill and passed away. In March, she was able to bring her mother back with her to stay for a while. Ying still has an older brother in Beijing.
Ying’s daughter Xiao Fan, 21, went to college in Utah for two years and is now enrolled in MSUB for the fall term. Now that she has a driver’s license, Ying hopes her daughter will be able to drive her to work at least when weather is bad. For now, Ying walks or rides her bike two miles from her house to Sweetwater and back each day. She did not drive a car in China but has passed the written part of the Montana driver’s exam so just has to learn the driving part now.
by Betty Jean Long
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