Seoul was emerging from rubble when Kim Sin Hi
(now Cindy Ryu) was born in 1957. Her parents were
determined to educate their children—even Cindy, the
lone girl. In patriarchal Korea that was an uncommon
Her father became a migrant worker in Brunei and the
Philippines before the family made its way to rural Lewis
County in 1969. All four children graduated from college
in America. Cindy received an MBA from the University
At Shoreline in 2008, she became America’s first female
Korean American mayor. Inspired by her parents, she
is now a senior member of the Washington Legislature.
Rep. Ryu believes a strong democracy requires the
commitment of every citizen.