November 26, 1930 ~ January 8, 2019
Mei-Chi Liau was born on November 26, 1930, to the Lo Family of Hu-Kou (æ¹–â¼œâ¼œ) in Shin-hu, Taiwan. Even though she was the fourth child among the twelve children, she was the eldest sister in the family. The younger siblings call her Dajie (â¼¤å§Š) with respect, admiration and appreciation. Since she was very young, she was always willing to help Mother with chores and care for the younger siblings - cooking, feeding, washing, laundry, and etcâ€¦
After graduating from Shin-Chu Girls’ High School, she started to teach herself how to sew, how to knit, and how to play harmonica. When the two youngest sisters wore the little dresses she made to the elementary school, all the classmates admired them and thought they are the most adorable girls in the world.
In 1951, she married Mr. Yun-Hau Liau, a Teaching Assistant at National Taiwan University and moved to Taipei. They lived frugally with the ï¬ve younger Liau siblings, with responsibility of cooking, washing, and maintaining a household with one very small salary. But they thrived and even had lots of fun of exploring how to make noodles, dumplings, and youtiao (æ²¹æ¢, Chinese fritters) by hand and the end results were always very delicious. During those diï¬ƒcult time, she still did not forget the younger siblings at home in Hu-Kou. She would invite the younger siblings every summer to join them for hiking in Yangmingshan (é™½æ˜Žâ¼â¼), rowing boat in Bitan (ç¢§æ½) or visiting Taipei Natural History Museum. In 1958, She had a son, Eugene. She was overjoyed! Ever since that time, Eugene had became the center of her life.
In 1967, Mei-Chi, with Eugene, moved to Saskatoon to join her husband, who had studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan. Again, life with a graduate student stipend was not easy. But, they were still very kind and generous to host weekend get-together for the Chinese students study there frequently. Years later, even now, some of those students still remember how nice and generous they were and what a good cook she was. After getting his Ph.D., Dr Liau worked brieï¬‚y in Chicago, then went back to National Taiwan University as Assistant Professor. They had very comfortable housing provided by the university. Due to Mei-Chi concern of Eugene’s future wellbeing, they decided to come back to US a year later, even without a job prospect. So they decided to stay with her sister (Helena) and brother-in-law’s (Jimmy Chen) house. While Dr. Liau was looking for a job, Mei-Chi would take care of 3-month old niece (Carrie). A year or two later, Dr. Liau found a Research Associate position in New York Medical School, so they moved to Westchester, New York. Mei-Chi was happy to ï¬nd a job at the kitchen of local hospital. The job was physically demanding, but she continue to work there for another 10 years.
In 1988, Dr. Liau’s job moved to Rutger’s Medical School in New Jersey, and she retired from her job in the hospital. In 1993, Dr. Liau also retired from his job. For the next 10 years during their life in New Jersey, it was one of the most enjoyable time in their life. At this point, they were ï¬nancially secure, she taught herself how to swim at age 65, son got married, had grandchildren. She was so happy when the grandchildren were born, and ï¬‚ew to Torrance to care for the newborns and the daughter-in-law.
In 1998, Dr Liau was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away. Mei-Chi was devastated. After two years of grieving, with the encouragement of her sisters, they took a trip to China. When she climbed the Great wall of China, she smiled and said it was one of the high point (literally) in her life. For the next few years, she would travel with her sisters to Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Yosemite National Park, Redwood National Park and Crater Lake.
In 2003, at age of 73, she moved to Torrance to depend on her son in her old age, because she believed that was a Chinese tradition. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006, and she had become frail and had diï¬ƒculty walking. She passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2019. As we bid farewell to Mei-Chi, let us celebrate her life, a life full of love, kindness, caring, generosity, endurance, perseverance, and joyful experiences.
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