EPC TOPIC: MY STORY INSIDE COMMUNIST CHINA
LILY TANG-WILLIAMS was a Chinese lawyer and law assistant professor who became an American businesswoman and liberty activist. Born to illiterate working-class parents in China’s western Sichuan province just before the Cultural Revolution, Lily Tang Williams directly witnessed Chairman Mao’s takeover and the horrors his regime inflicted. She grew up experiencing extremely poor living conditions, food rationing, political and social chaos and, of course, Communist indoctrination.
Eventually, she graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai with an undergraduate law degree. After graduation, she was selected to continue as part of the law school faculty, as well as practice corporate law in Shanghai as China began to rebuild its economy.
In 1988, Lily Tang Williams decided to study in the U.S., leaving her position with only $100 in her pocket and $1200 in debt to her American sponsor, a Fulbright professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Though she could not speak English fluently she was determined to achieve success in this country, earning a Master’s degree in Administration and Planning from the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.
Experience in the American economy contrasted sharply with the Communist indoctrination she endured in China. She became an avid student of liberty, free market and free enterprise. Lily became a U.S citizen and for the first time in her life, she voted in 2000. In 2014, Lily ran for Colorado State House District 44. In 2016, Lily was the candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado.
Today, Lily continues to manage her own business, and relishes the freedom, independence, and prosperity she found in America. She loves her new country and travels frequently throughout the states to share the story of her American Dream, defending the free speech and free enterprise, and promoting civil and economic liberties. She enjoys educating people about the reality of Communism, Socialism, China’s legal system and culture, women’s issues and educational reforms. She is an inspirational speaker to many people and received very positive feedback from her audience.