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“Touched by childhood tragedy, Betty Chinn brings hope to those who have fallen on hard times. Left homeless as a child in China, Chinn became mute. When she came to America, she found both her voice and her mission: aiding those without shelter on our own shores. ” -Barack Obama, awarding Betty the Presidential Citizens Medal
She worked tirelessly to establish homeless shelters and to feed thousands in her community. As a child, she was separated from her family and exposed to the worst of humanity. Despite these monstrous conditions, she journeyed from fear to forgiveness and became a beacon of hope for those most vulnerable and an inspiration for all.
Meet Betty Kwan Chinn.
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Price, Karen M. Ph.D.. The Gray Bird Sings: The Extraordinary Life of Betty Kwan Chinn. Humboldt State University Press, 2023. https://digitalcommons.humboldt.edu/monographs/21.
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