Your Name's Michelle Kwan And You've Been Appointed The Public Diplomacy Envoy

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Chalk this up to another Asian American breaking into politics:

Although Kwan has not officially declared her retirement from the sport, she appears to be moving on to a new role, which is no less inspiring than her professional skating achievements.

She has been appointed the Public Diplomacy Envoy by the U.S. Department of State to promote and forge ties between the U.S. and other countries.

Kwan is also working on a master's degree at Tufts University in international relations and politics.

Her new job brought her to Korea for a six-day trip which started Sunday. Although the news media's coverage of her visit has been dominated by her thoughts on Kim Yu-na - with Kwan speaking glowingly of the new champion - she has been focused on her new mission.

"I am happy and proud to be Chinese-American. I was able to learn from both cultures as I grew up; I spoke Cantonese at home and English at school. I have grown up to love more about my heritage as well as gain a new perspective about things new," Kwan said in an interview with The Korea Times, Tuesday.
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