Chinese-American prize winner meets Ma

Celine Cheng, Special to The China Post

An 18-year-old, Chinese-American girl, who will be enrolling in Harvard University in the fall, dropped in on Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou yesterday to pay her respects to the famous Harvard Law graduate. Jennifer Yi-jiun Pan was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, one of the highest honors that can be conferred on high school graduates in the U.S. This year, six of the 100 scholarships given to outstanding students were awarded to overseas Chinese from Taiwan. Pan, who went to school in the Dallas area, also won a prize in a painting contest. Ma congratulated the young woman on her achievements, pointing out that she devoted herself to volunteer work in the community while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in high school. “And even though she was born in America, she can speak Mandarin and Taiwanese fluently,” he pointed out.

Pan’s mother said that her daughter always speaks Taiwanese and Mandarin at home in the U.S. “Even though I live in America now, in my mind I am a Taiwanese,” Pan said in Taiwanese. Pan said she intends to go pre-med at Harvard and major in biology. “I will be a doctor in the future,” she said.