Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 7, 2010

NameShiyun Lin (Serena)
Live in
: Awesome DC
Originally from
Fujian, China
: Student at American University, Washington, DC, where I am pursuing a master’s degree in Public Communication
What I love about the DC area the most:
My favorite thing about D.C. is that there are so many folks dedicating their spare time into the charities.
I myself has been inspire and have been volunteering in various fashion events benefiting the good causes.

About me: I am a twenty-three years old. I was born and raised in Fujian, China and attended boarding school in Cambridge, United Kingdom. I moved to the United States from Xiamen,  Fujian, China in 2009. I speak fluent Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese (Hokian), and English. I also speak some French, thanks to my half-French grandfather.

If there is a line to put under my name, I would like to cite the quotes from Audrey Hepburn:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

I am a single, young lady who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of my personal goals include being a good daughter, a good granddaughter, and a dependable friend. My mother and my grandmother are my role models because they are loving mothers, caring wives, and schoolteachers who actively promote the Chinese culture in their communities.

My personal interests include jogging, dancing, hiking, horse riding, playing piano, singing, and modeling.  In my free time, I help local charities promote their events by donating my time and talents as a model. So far, I have modeled for the Fashion for Passion event to end human trafficking, Green and Gorgeous Fashion Show to raise breast cancer awareness, and the 2010 Apparatus Fashion Show that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness. I also serve as a co-chairperson for my local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser, and I recently joined the Smithsonian Young Benefactors Society. I enjoy indulging myself in the charities events in and around D.C. metropolitan area. After graduate school, I plan to create my own strategic communications company and promote the wonderful Chinese Americans culture, giving the Chinese American community a larger presence with pride in mainstream American society.

If I am selected as a pageant winner, I will use my communication and interpersonal skills to promote the cultural exchange between China and the United States and represent my family and community with pride and dignity. My pageant event page. Ticket sales are closing by this coming weekend, Sept 12th. The show is on Sept 17th. Get the tickets and use them to vote for me at the event.

Feel free to follow me on Facebook | my fans page

Those of you who know me, please, leave your comment here for others to see and make their judgment on their rating.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

3 Responses to Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 7, 2010

  1. kamran Abdi says:

    Congrats Serena! just remember I forwarded your info to them 🙂 Keep up the good work and good luck!

  2. Real DC says:

    I don’t think going to college in DC makes you a Washingtonian . There are many more Chinese Americans that were born in the area. Maybe its not clear your ties to DC, but spending a few years here doesn’t make you from DC. Good luck but the pagaent should look for people born/raised in the DC area and not just people who come here temporaryily!

    • kamran Abdi says:

      Real DC, This is not an encouraging tone. To me anyone who lives in DC for a short period of time and brings beauty and goods to to DC is a Awesome Washingtonian including her

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