The Feng Shui Lady who did Oprah; Angi Ma Wong
Angi Ma Wong was one of the world’s best known and successful Asian Americans, held in high regard as a businesswoman, a leading expert on Feng Shui and a 26-year survivor of breast cancer.
Born in Nanjing on 7 February, 1947, Wong was to have a much-travelled childhood. Baptised as Anglican, her family moved to Hong Kong and then on to New Zealand when she was just 2 years old.
Still not done, after a few more years it was destination Taipei for the Wongs, before finally coming to America, to Richfield in the State of New Jersey.
Entering 8th grade there, Angi found that she was her school’s first and only Asian student.
In later studies, she enrolled at Virginia Tech, before graduating the University of Southern California with a B.A. in English, which Wong followed with teaching credentials from California State University.
But then the life-changing moment came. Aged 26, Wong was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The illness, which she would repeatedly beat, provided the inspiration for her to fulfill two dreams; to be a published author and to own her own business.
In the latter’s case, through her her intercultural and feng shui consulting and corporate training services, Wong wold over time acquire a reputation as the Feng Shui Lady.
And as for becoming an author, by the time of her passing, Wong would have written no less than 27 books, published by her very own Pacific Heritage Books.
Of these, 15 were dedicated to the subject of feng shui, including the best-selling series, “Feng Shui Dos and Taboos”. Meanwhile, her historical fiction title, “Night of the Red Moon”, garnered a review in the Los Angeles Times book review, and was nominated for the John and Patricia Beatty Award for children’s literature.
It is therefore little wonder Wong was awarded Outstanding L.A. Businesswoman of the Year, Southern California Book Publicist of the Year and INK Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award, through the mid to late 1990s.
Somehow through all this, Wong also found the time to give back, being an active member of the Rotary Club for over 20 years and a volunteer at the beautiful, revival-Victorian Banning Museum in Los Angeles.
Also in that City of Angels, Wong was co-founder and a past president of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, receiving numerous awards from the State of California and the City of Los Angeles for her humanitarian and outstanding service to communities.
Such a rising status meant that big-time media was soon to come knocking on Wong’s door. She was to go on to appear on Live Regis and Kelly, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Headline News, plus the Discovery and Learning Channels, and even the mighty Oprah.
In print, Wong was also found celebrated in Time magazine, and elsewhere in over 400 print, broadcast and internet features.
Wong was one of the rare Asian-American women to grace the international speaking circuit, becoming a popular speaker at universities and colleges, seminars and conferences.
Wong passed away on 12 July, 2015, having just been inducted into the Rotary District 5280 Hall of Fame.