13 nov. 2008

Meet Barack's Sister: Maya Soetoro-Ng

Barack Obama's sister has not emerged in public since the death of their grandmother two days before her brother's historic presidential election but in a post-election email to close friends Maya Soetoro-Ng said "I wept tears of joy for all of us on Tuesday. He may not be a perfect man. Certainly, he has often said that he'll likely be an imperfect president, but he is a good man, a smart man, a disciplined soul who balances temperance with determination and courage. We've made a great choice, I assure you."

Maya Soetoro-Ng was born August 15, 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia to Lolo Soetoro, husband of Ann Dunham and step-father of Barack Obama. According to Wikipedia, she was named after poet Maya Angelou. She went to high school in Hawaii, then Barnard College in New York before returning back to Hawaii to get her Ph.D. in education at University of Hawaii. She married Konrad Ng in 2003 and they have one daughter. Maya continues to work as a history teacher in Hawaii.