I BELONG HERE follows Helen Yee’s journey from a cloistered Chinese childhood into mainstream 1960s midwestern America, navigating between dual cultures and revealing events that cause her to reimagine traditional concepts of family. Yee courageously pursues her own version of love and romance while training for the Olympic Taekwondo Team and discovers the destiny-changing power of massage and acupuncture and a future calling.
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Author Bio: Helen Yee
Helen Co-Founded The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 1990. The school offers accredited programs in acupuncture, massage therapy, and nursing, as well as a student and professional clinic.
She teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong at AIAM, and at various martial arts camps and seminars in the US and abroad, and is also a co-Founder of Opawl-the Ohio Progressive Asian Women Leadership, and is on the Board for the Lesbian Business Association.
Yee served as Past President on the Board for the Pacific Association of Women Martial Arts, Past Vice President for Stonewall Columbus, an LGBTQ organization, and Board Member for State of the Arts Theatre Company.
Since 2020, Helen serves on the Columbus Community Relations as a Commissioner. Helen has been recognized for her achievements by The International Role Model Magazine Inc., featured in 2019 as Columbus CEO spotlight for small businesses and also awarded the 2018 Business Entrepreneurial leadership award by the Asian American Commerce Group, an Olympic Alternate on the US Tae Kwon Do team in 2018, 2 time National Champion, a silver medalist in the 1990 Tae Kwon Do World Cup and inducted into the Bruce Lee Hall of Honor in 2015.
Yee's grandfather started the Far East restaurant, which became Wing's. She is a graduate of Bishop Hartley High School and Ohio Dominican University.