Interview - John Paul Liang

Dr. John Paul Liang was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1974. His parents had emigrated from Taiwan in the early 1970s. Dr. Liang spent 10 years growing up in Brazil before he moved to Houston, Texas in the United States after an unfortunate incident where his father was attacked in a carjacking. Since then, Dr. Liang has spent most of his time living in Houston, but he briefly left the city to attend Cornell University and to work for Andersen Consulting. However, he realized he was not passionate about his job in consulting, and he returned to Houston to study at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a college that his parents had founded. He quickly realized his passion for acupuncture and oriental medicine, and he has been practicing acupuncture ever since. He is currently the President of the College, and he also works and runs clinics that partner with Houston Methodist.
In this interview, Dr. Liang discusses his journey of finding his passion in oriental medicine from childhood to adulthood, and he also talks about some of the memories he has growing up. In addition, he talks about the philosophy of acupuncture and oriental medicine and also gives sound advice for the future generations of Asian Americans.

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