A woman who escaped from China and became a U.S. citizen now wants to represent New Hampshire in Congress.
Lily Tang Williams has launched her candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd District. She said her love of American freedom was informed by her experience growing up in communist China.
“I was born right before the Cultural Revolution, so I survived Mao’s tenure of social and political chaos, and I was 12 years old when he died,” she said. “Up to that point, I never asked questions.”
Tang Williams said her awakening began in her own mind at first, questioning the status quo, but she understood that her thoughts of rebellion against the communist system and growing love of individual liberty could put her and her family at risk.
A promising student, she threw herself into her studies and became a law school professor.
“I was totally alone,” she said. “I could not share my ideas with anybody. I wanted to flee my native country for a free country in America because I was law school faculty. Somebody could report to my boss.”
Tang Williams was granted permission to study in America, gained asylum and never left. She’s now a U.S. citizen and a married mother of three living in Weare who said she sees in American “cancel culture” shadows of the oppressive country she fled.
“If you do cancel culture like Mao did, what do we replace American values, with what? Marxism? Socialism?” she said. “It’s disastrous results.”
Tang Williams is not new to politics. She ran for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian in Colorado in 2016. Now running for Congress as a Republican, she’s hoping 2nd District voters will give her a look.
“My No. 1 issue, everybody is worried about the economy and inflation, the higher cost of everything,” she said.