Deborah Jiang Stein is not an example that your parents ever gave when they went on and on when you were growing up. Oh sure, you’ve heard stories of every child known to your parents who got into Harvard, went to Johns Hopkins Medical School, and/or won the Academic Decathlon. True, your parents might not have known Deborah, but even if they did, they would have talked in hushed tones about her and said things about her like:
“Her mother was in jail! She was born in a jail!”
But now they would be proud to claim her as their own. They would say:
“Why can’t you be more like Deborah? She climbed out from under and look, she’s making a difference.”
But that doesn’t even begin to describe her. There needs to be a category created for “Prominent Asian Americans Born In Jail.” It is a short list. I know, I googled this and nothing came up.
“From a gene pool that’s done a lot of crime, time, and drugs, with an upbringing in the fine arts. I live between both worlds.”
She wants you to send her to jail where she’s started The Un-Prison Project, a project which focuses on the 1.7 million children who have a parent in jail. Please watch her video, and if moved, please donate here.
p.s. She’s also a writer. I can’t wait to read her books when they come out!