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In the Senior Spotlight: Fangcen Liu

Fangcen Liu
Fangcen Liu

My name is Fangcen Liu. I was born on Nov. 27, 1939 in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province of China. Lanzhou is a beautiful ancient city with the famous Yellow River running through it. It was an important city on the famous Silk Road. Now, it is the transportation, economic and political center of Northwestern China.

I grew up in Lanzhou and became a medical doctor after graduating from Lanzhou Medical University. I worked over 30 years and retired in the 1990s.

My parents have passed away. My father worked for the Bank of China all his life. He was a very hard worker. My mother was a homemaker. She stayed at home to take care of her family her whole life. My parents raised six children. I was the oldest one. My siblings are all living in China with their children and grandchildren.

My husband was a scientific researcher. We married in 1962. This year will be 54 years since we married each other. We have two daughters and one granddaughter. My older daughter and her family live in China. My younger daughter is a professor at Fresno State. My husband and I moved to the United States on March 26, 2013. Now we live in Clovis. We plan to retire here in Clovis to be close to my younger daughter.

I loved my job as a medical doctor. I helped countless patients and saved many lives. I am very proud of it. Through my job experiences, I developed a deep appreciation of life.

Besides my 30-year career, I have quite a few hobbies. I loved to play basketball when I was young. I love to read. I have read many classics from all over the world. Reading has enriched my life greatly. I also enjoyed knitting. I used to knit different garments for my family. I also love traveling and trying out different foods and delicious dishes.

I like to make friends and socialize with others. I have made quite a few friends since I came to Clovis in Chinese Christian churches, Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation and Clovis Senior Activity Center.

All my American friends we have made in the senior center are very kind and friendly to us. They have helped and supported us a lot. They even sent us Christmas cards! Although we do not speak English, we can communicate and share the friendship through gestures and a few English words we learned. I love my life here in the United States.