Brother-in-law Says Obama Influenced by Asian Culture
World Journal, Posted: Feb 26, 2008
CHICAGO – Obama’s Chinese American brother-in-law, Konard Ng, said Obama’s political views on family, faith, education and social welfare are influenced by traditional Asian culture. Ng, who teaches at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, met Obama’s half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng at the East-West Center at University of Hawaii while both were Ph.D students. Maya Soetoro-Ng was born in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, to an American mother and an Indonesian father. Konard Ng was born to Chinese parents from Indonesia, in a suburb of Toronto. A similar interest in Southeast Asia brought the couple together. Konard Ng told the World Journal that “big brother” Obama was born in Hawaii, and lived in Indonesia for several years as a child. His upbringing was influenced by Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultures.
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