|My wife, Phyllis, and I on our 35th anniversary visiting North Carolina
Revisiting the South in 2003
I moved from Georgia in 1952 and although I have returned for short visits since then, it was not until 2003 that I was
able to make an extended visit to see friends and relatives. During this trip, I learned more about the Lau family male clan
members, about 9 in all, who came from Taishan to the Deep South from about 1920 to 1950 and entered the "Chinese laundry"
business. They all survived with the help of one another, raised families, and provided financial support for them as well
as for their kin in China. Many of their children not only went to college, but became successful professionals in fields
ranging from dentistry and medicine, biophysics and engineering, computer programming and psychology.
What a wonderful job!
Being a college professor is the greatest job I can imagine. I get to learn stuff I like while I also get paid to do it as
long as I share it with students! For the past 20 plus years, I've received federal funding to mentor minority students interested
in seeking Ph.D.'s in psychology in a Career Opportunities for Research program, leading to 25 grads obtaining PhDs so far.
This led to a related program for minority high school students.
And for 7 recent years I coordinated a similar program for minority students in all fields of academic work called the
McNair Scholars Program.
These activities have been very rewarding because you see what a difference mentoring can have on career development of
Click this link to websites for my 3 mentoring programs for minority students.