St. Louis Character: Newspaper director May Wu draws from her own experiences to help Chinese immigrants

May Wu’s career started with a simple desire: To inspire others the way her grade school teachers inspired her.

That goal led Wu to start a preschool in Taiwan, then to become a high school teacher. But after her husband’s career brought her to St. Louis, Wu became a stay-at-home mom struggling to adjust to a foreign language and culture. The support she received from her neighbors inspired her to give back by helping other Chinese immigrants. In 1998, Wu got a job at the St. Louis Chinese American News, the region’s first Chinese-language newspaper. Today, she serves as the paper’s director. (Wu’s husband, Francis Yueh, is chief editor.) We spoke with Wu about her career journey and the newspaper’s role in the community.

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