Beat the Winter Blahs with our annual BOOK CLUB!

After all the holiday excitement, sometimes January can be a bit dull. Too cold for outdoor events, so you’re stuck inside?  We have the cure: join our annual Book Club!

The Alumni Association encourages alumni groups to present educational and cultural activities, so we paired up with the Asian & Pacific Islanders OSU Alumni to present an educational event with a splash of fun at the end. We’re going to read the book, “I Belong Here: Living the Life I was Born For in America,” by Helen Yee, a local (Columbus) author, a memoir about growing up Chinese in America, mastering resistance to bullying and discovering her own destiny. (A full description is below.)

You can find this relatively inexpensive book on Amazon or at your nearest bookstore. We’ll aim to complete the reading by March, and then our alumni groups will join together for dinner to discuss. You’ll get to meet a whole new group of alums, enjoy a great meal, and learn from an interesting discussion. And since this author is local, she is planning to join us for our discussion and dinner!

Email us at to let us know if you’re interested, and we’ll add you to the list to contact when we schedule the dinner. If we get enough people to join us for dinner, the Alumni Association might even cover the cost of the meal!  Questions?  Call Mary at 614-323-5379. 

I Belong Here – Living the Life I was Born For in America tells the story of one of the 4.5 million women who have been bullied with a gun, beginning with the night Helen Yee faces a masked gunman inside her car. Yee is no stranger to harassment. As a Chinese immigrant, bullying had plagued her formative years, but no longer does she passively accept it. Relying on years of martial arts training, she quickly forms a strategy based on the wise advice, “never go to a second location.”
Written with candor and aplomb, I Belong Here follows Yee’s journey from a cloistered Chinese childhood into mainstream 1960s midwestern America, navigating between dual cultures and revealing events that cause her to reimagine traditional concepts of family. Yee courageously pursues her own version of love and romance while training for the Olympic Taekwondo Team and discovers the destiny-changing power of massage and acupuncture and a future calling. In the current climate of Asian disdain, Yee’s unfathomable resilience and daring approach to personal and business challenges will inspire not only Asians, but cross over racial lines to those who feel beaten down by haters, bullies, and mockers. She offers a fresh vision to those seeking the hope of a brighter future. Optimistic and uplifting, I Belong Here encourages all readers to find their inner strength, identity, and the fullness of their destiny.