“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Is there a way to more easily bring families together?

When I was a young child, staring out from our old, dilapidated apartment in Shanghai, the world seemed endless. My mother was studying in Paris. My father was working in Chicago. I split time being raised by both sets of my grandparents. I felt like I had to travel to the ends of the Earth just to see my loved ones.

It took eight years, but we eventually reunited; my world felt all that much smaller. I want to shrink it for others as well.

But how can I bring together loved ones, reconnect old friends, and comfort the lonely boy in a big city?

To me, technology is the answer. I want to improve our communications infrastructure. I want to find more efficient ways to travel. I want to make today's innovations tomorrow's reality. By doing that, I will build more meaningful and loving relationships across an internationally distributed human race.

Who knows?

Maybe one day, a young kid will look out his window, and even with parents in different corners of the world, will still feel as though they are right next to him.


— Yong-yi Zhu