(1983) My entire childhood is this family restaurant. The Red Lantern is how my family bought our house, it paid for our cars, and it’s why I’m going to school in America instead of China. My earliest memories are of hanging out in the back of the restaurant playing Nintendo and helping my dad clean up at the end of the night. I saw the power of starting your own business; it represented freedom and a way to provide for your family. No one handed my parents a great job that allowed them to buy a house and send their kid to school. It was because my parents pursued their dream that they were able to care for me. My mom always gave me the business section of the newspaper and told me to read about stocks. She said that our restaurant was just a small family business but that one day I could hopefully have my own large business. I think my love for investing comes from these experiences. When I think back to what life was like for my parents, I feel both proud and sad. I am amazed that we had our restaurant for so many years because I know how many restaurants fail. To run a restaurant for 25 years is a fantastic feat but even more so because my parents were new immigrants who didn’t even know English. They had no one to teach them how to do things, and they learned as they went along. I’m also sad because of the life they could have had. My parents got divorced when I was 7. I’m sure the long hours of maintaining a small family business didn’t help their marriage. As I look back, I realize how much my early childhood shaped me. It was then that I began to develop my love for business and entrepreneurship. But it was also then, as I watched our family’s restaurant succeed while I watched our family fall apart, that I began a long journey of learning how to appreciate and love my family even more. Book excerpt. Full book download in bio.