Jin-Ya Huang was just 13 years old when her dad lost his job in Taipei, Taiwan. “Struggling to feed six girls, my parents made the tough decision to emigrate,” she says. The family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Huang’s uncle needed help starting a Chinese restaurant. When the eatery expanded to Dallas, her parents bought a location and began helping other immigrants. Huang’s mother, Margaret, was passionate about hiring immigrant women and teaching them to cook. When she died of cancer in 2015, Huang felt compelled to honor her mother and continue the good work of empowering vulnerable women. In 2017, Huang started Break Bread, Break Borders, a catering company that partners with local chefs to teach immigrant women the culinary and business skills needed to be successful on their own. Her work breaking barriers through food earned her a spot in the Time article, “Meet 27 People Bridging Divides Across America.”
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