A 97-year old Chinse elderly woman voted for the second time in her life after receiving US citizenship in time to vote in the US mid-term elections, which were held last Tuesday.
According to the StarTribune, Chengyi Pan emigrated to the US in 2009 from Tianjin, China, where she was previously a physics teacher and middle school principal. She received her US citizenship in September.
Her daughter, Ting Ni, lives in Winona, Minnesota and is a recently retired Saint Mary’s University history professor. Pan moved to Winona in 2010 and is now living in a nursing home.
“I feel I’m honored to be a citizen and to be able to vote in the American election,” Pan said.
Her daughter Ting Ni has been helping her to find out about the parties so that she could make an informed choice at the polls.
While American media were quick to stress that this is the first time that she has voted in her life, Chinese sources clarified that she had previously cast her vote once, in the Republic of China in 1946 before the mainland fell to the Communists in the Chinese Civil War, though it was not specified which election that referred to.