Ying Ma Speaks at Reagan Ranch Center

YAF, October 20, 2016

Ying Ma addressed the Young America’s Foundation’s Fall High School Conference last week at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. To view the speech, please click HERE.


Defeating the Welfare State

C-SPAN, June 23, 2013

C-SPAN Book TV aired Ying Ma’s most recent discussion about her book, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto. The book talk, titled “A Personal Story of Defeating the Welfare State,” took place at the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley on June 4, 2013.

To view a video of the book talk, please click here or use the player below.

Immigrating to America Is Not an Entitlement

PJ Media, May 15, 2013

–Article by Ying Ma

As the drumbeat for comprehensive immigration reform grows louder, the related public debate has not become any more edifying.  Self-serving Democrats, delusional Republicans, and shameless illegal aliens (who prefer to call themselves “immigration rights activists”) insist that legalizing some 11 million illegal immigrants in this country is the right thing to do and label those who disagree as anti-immigrant and anti-Hispanic.

Amid the finger pointing and political intimidation, some fundamentally flawed assertions have repeatedly surfaced. Below is some common sense that highlights the absurdity of the faulty assumptions.

Immigrating to the United States is a privilege, not a right. It certainly is not an entitlement program.

Read entire article HERE.

Another Look at a Legal Immigrant’s Story

FOX & Friends, March 29, 2012

Ying Ma spoke to FOX & Friends about her journey to America’s inner-city as a legal immigrant and the importance of choosing liberty over the welfare state. This interview is re-posted here due to the widespread interest that Americans currently have in immigration reform.

Please view the three-minute interview HERE.

A Legal Immigrant’s Story

FoxNews.com, April 3, 2013

–Article by Ying Ma

The middle-aged woman representing the American Consulate in Guangzhou, China, said something in English. We could not understand, so we turned to her colleague. He looked Chinese and was supposed to be her translator, but he only spoke our language haltingly. My father tried to help with what little English he knew, which consisted of not much more than “how are you” and “thank you.” My brother and I sat quietly and played our part as the well-behaved children of aspiring immigrants to America. My mother looked on nervously.

We lived in China’s third largest city. Chairman Mao had passed away nearly ten years ago but the stench of his failed totalitarian policies was still everywhere. We lived in an apartment that had no running hot water, no refrigerator, no telephone and no modern toilet facilities.

We applied for immigration to the United States soon after China re-opened its economy to the world in the late 1970s. Now, after about four years of waiting, we had finally gotten to “the front of the line.” But on this day, it was not going to be good enough.

Read the entire article on FoxNews.com.

Ying Ma Appears on the Fox News Channel

FOX and Friends, March 29, 2012

“FOX & Friends,” the Fox News Channel’s morning show and the most watched morning news show on cable television, interviewed Ying Ma today about her book, Chinese Girl in the Ghetto. Co-anchor Gretchen Carlson spoke to Ying Ma about her journey to the United States, the immigration experience and the downsides of government handouts.

To watch the video, please click here.

National Review Online Syposium Recommends “Chinese Girl in the Ghetto” for Summer Reading

National Review Online, July 1, 2011

National Review Online (NRO) recommended Ying Ma’s Chinese Girl in the Ghetto for its “What to Read this Summer” Symposium.

NRO’s John Derbyshire wrote the following:

“For a Chinese memoir, read Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, by Ying Ma. Ying Ma was born in South China in the late 1970s, shortly after the death of Mao Tse-tung and the end of the Cultural Revolution. Her brief memoir is in two parts. The first deals with her Chinese childhood up to age eight or nine. Then she immigrates to America with her parents and settles in the Oakland ghetto. The second half of her book tells of her experiences as an Asian immigrant living among America’s urban poor. Though unremarkable in themselves, those experiences are told with a simplicity and frankness that make them stick in the mind. Ying Ma is particularly unsparing on the casual racism of ghetto blacks: a taboo topic in polite society, but common currency in the conversation of Chinese immigrants. The book’s strongest impression, though, is of the stoical toughness of the author and her family, a toughness constrained and civilized by the ancient humanist tradition of their homeland. Tigers indeed; but with the hearts and sensibilities of philosophers.”

Chinese Girl in the Ghetto is available on Amazon.com in paperback and for kindle.