Roger Wood: Lilly Tang Williams Tells Her American Dream Story

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Lily Tang Williams makes friends with her neighbor's dog.

Roger Wood, in his latest podcast, had the opportunity to speak to an Asian American woman who has found safety and acceptance in a largely white state. Lily Tang Williams lives in Weare, a small town in New Hampshire, and talks about her difficult exodus from the People’s Republic Of China.  She helped found the New Hampshire Asian American Coalition which she hopes will make a difference by shining a light on the need for people to welcome and accept different ethnicities and races. 

People within New Hampshire and beyond will hear her message of hope. 

Lily Tang Williams was a law school assistant professor in Fudan University who became an American businesswoman and an educator.

Born to illiterate working-class parents in China’s western Sichuan province just before Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Lily Tang Williams grew up experiencing extremely poor living conditions, food rationing, social chaos and Communist indoctrination. She came to America in 1988 to study in graduate school. 

Today, Lily has her own businesses, and relishes the freedom, independence, and prosperity she found in America. She loves her new country and travels frequently throughout the states to share the story of her American Dream. She is the co-chair of NH Asian American Coalition.

Roger Wood bio

Roger Wood is an award winning radio, newspaper and television journalist, with over 40 years of experience in the media.   Roger has spent his entire professional career in New Hampshire. Roger currently serves as associate publisher at  He has produced news and special feature reports for InDepthNH, New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR, and other Public and commercial radio stations.  He also produced spot news for CBS Radio. 

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