The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is proud to highlight Florida’s Portraits in Patriotism oral history project on communism. VOC partnered with Florida’s Department of Education and the University of South Florida to produce this witness project featuring Lily Tang Williams.
Lily Tang Williams was born in communist China during Mao Zedong’s rule. She witnessed Mao’s Cultural Revolution first hand as she was growing up. She was a member of the Young Pioneers and the Red Guard, but yearned to come to the United States to learn about and live in a democracy. In 1988, she was able to come to the United States for schooling and was granted asylum status.