Jinglan ‘happy’ to have home here

Jinglan Tang Meyer, who first came to this country 12 years ago as a student, now claims the title of U.S. citizen.
Meyer and 38 other citizenship applicants raised their hands Wednesday at Angus Valley Elementary, during a U.S. District Court naturalization ceremony, and swore allegiance to their new homeland.
The event was hosted by Angus Valley Elementary students and teachers who greeted the new citizens and sang patriotic songs during the ceremony.
Meyer, who during the ceremony officially took her husband’s last name, came to America from the People’s Republic of China as a student at Louisiana State University, where she received a master’s degree in statistics.
She moved to the Tulsa area about seven years ago to work for a statistical software company, Stat Soft.
She and her husband Todd met while they were attending Agape Chinese Baptist Church in Broken Arrow. They have been married five years and have two young daughters, Abbie and Savannah.
The largest difference between the two countries is the political culture, she said.
“The (Chinese) government is very different,” she said. “We can recognize our leaders, but most regular people don’t have much to say about how the government is run. The government here is much better because we can say who is elected.”
The wide-open spaces of Oklahoma also are a welcome difference.
“Obviously, there are a lot more people in China,” she said. “You’re always in a crowd. Here you have more room.”
Also, Meyer says Oklahoma and the United States “is very kid-friendly.”
“Compared to China, the society here is very kid-friendly,” she said. “There are more playgrounds and there are more places where kids are welcome.”
For now, Meyer is a stay-at-home mom.
“My first priority is my family,” she said, adding that she eventually plans to return to a job.
“In China, you don’t have the opportunity or career choices,” she said. “If you leave a job there you can’t go back to work, unless you start your own business.”
Meyer has been able to visit her family in China and recently returned from a two-month visit to what now seems more like her home.
“Overall, I’m very proud to be a citizen of the United States,” she said. “I am very happy to be here.”

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