Mayor & Police Sergeant

From Immigrant to City Leader

Show students how language abilities and cultural understanding led one Chinese immigrant into rewarding roles in law enforcement and city politics.

Wing Woo spoke only Chinese when he came with his family to the United States at age 5. He describes his experience of speaking English at school and coming home to tell about his day in Chinese.

A college internship led him to become a policeman and he also has served as mayor of Burien, Washington, a mid-sized city near Seattle. Both roles give him a tremendous sense of pride – and both are enhanced by his language skills.

Running time: 8 minutes

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