"...I THINK I FELT PRESSURE, ACADEMICALLY, FROM AS EARLY AS I COULD REMEMBER, TO DO WELL. PROBABLY A LOT LIKE MOST UNI KIDS DO. MY PARENTS DID WELL, AND MY FATHER WAS A FACULTY MEMBER. SO THEY HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS THAT I WOULD DO EQUALLY WELL OR BETTER THAN THEY DID. AFTER ALL, ISN’T THAT THE IMMIGRANT DREAM, THAT PEOPLE LEAVE THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO TRY TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE SOMEPLACE ELSE? AND HOPE THAT THE NEXT GENERATION WILL HAVE AN EASIER TIME AND DO EVEN BETTER THAN THEY DID..."
David Chih was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1967. He grew up with immigrant parents from China, and felt like he lived in two different worlds at home and at school. He felt a lot of pressure driving him to succeed, leading him to double-major in psychology and East Asian studies at Indiana University. He attended grad school at Purdue University, specializing in clinical psychology regarding race, ethnicity, and culture. He has taught psychology at Ivy Tech Community College, worked at the counseling center at Michigan State, and he became the Assistant Dean of Asian-Pacific American Affairs at the University of Illinois in 1999. He works to resolve issues regarding Asian American and international students, and how to make them feel more comfortable. Now as the director of the Asian American Cultural Center, Chih creates programs for students for learn about each other’s cultures, advocates for campus policies, and much more.