Yi Mao


As Interviewed by Luisa Mao, March 17, 2017
"When I was a child, the situation had already improved very much. Girls in my generation were allowed to go to school, no longer forced to bind their feet, and permitted to attend the best universities China had to offer."
Yi Mao

Introductory Profile: About Yi Mao

Yi Mao was born in Ningbo, China in 1970 and is currently 47 years of age. She has shoulder-length, straight black hair and brown eyes. As her daughter, I had no difficulty in arranging an interview with her. Yi Mao attended Beijing University in China before immigrating to America in 1996 where she attended the University of Texas. She is now working as a computer scientist in a company called @sec. Yi Mao is diligent, hardworking, and not afraid of difficult tasks as she was taught to be by her strict father. Her childhood was spent in the rural parts of China, where she and her siblings endured a demanding lifestyle with few privileges. Yi Mao now enjoys traveling, experiencing new things, and her independence which she lacked as a child.

I interviewed Yi on women’s rights in China compared to women’s rights in America and on the causes and effects of the main limitations on women’s rights along with some of the beauty standards women were forced to endure. She also strongly expressed her opinion on improvements to women’s rights that she hopes will be made by our generation in the future.

The interview was conducted in a serious tone, but with some defiant remarks on the treatment of women along with hope for the future. In a confident voice, she encourages young girls to break free of tradition and stand up for women’s rights.

Before Yi left China, the tradition was for women to not work and be solely dependent on their husbands for income and other needs. Yi, however, saw these traditions for what they were: restrictions on women’s freedom and rights. With hard work and determination, she was able to attend Beijing University, the best university in China, and immigrated to America where she is now the lab director in @sec. In her own way, she has broken the barrier dictating what jobs and lifestyles women can have. She has set a new path for herself, and I would be proud to follow in her footsteps and become the brave, brilliant woman she is today.