Yaling Jiang

Yaling Jiang

Yaling is a New York-based journalist and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. Born and raised in Suzhou, she’s interested in telling stories about business, culture, China and beyond. She studie

d in the U.K. for four years and worked as an interpreter in her previous career.

Language spoken
English
My American dream, deferred
On my 109th day of waiting for a short-term training visa in the US, I find myself sitting in the cramped office of my local New York congresswoman, staring at a framed picture of Barack Obama on her bookshelf. I sigh. It is now the third year since Donald Trump replaced Obama in the White House.  A lot has changed, especially in immigration policy. Which is why, as a 27-year-old graduate of Columbia Journalism School, I’m visiting my congresswoman. Getting an Optional Practical Training visa, a temporary employment visa that would allow me to work for up to a year in a field related to my study, shouldn’t have been hard. Every international student who’s enrolled in a full-time program used
My American dream, deferred