Bruce Yang: RRR Member, Clif Pace Team Leader, Master Stair Climber.. and now he’s moving to TV! Bruce was recently featured in a Liberty Mutual campaign aimed at capturing what it means to be an American and shared his stories about coming to American, running, and family. From Bruce:
The production filmed about 20 hours of footage/interview and eventually edited it down to 2 minutes. I talked about my running with RRR, Clif Bar, ESBRU stair climbing etc and they all got edited out with the other 19 hours and 57 minutes of material. That is very normal for the filming production. And regrettably, the production had a no logo policy so everything I owned with logos, Clif products, RRR shirts, and even my cereal box had to be edit out from the filming.
The video came out and I was very honored to be in it and to share some story of my life. I actually became a citizen 24 years ago but came to the USA a few years prior to that but due to the editing, they had to piece together my interview clips. So certain things may not make sense to me but the general audience probably would not be able to tell.
Thank you again for your consistent encouragement and support. Please check out the clip.
You can watch the video and hear Bruce’s story below.
Bruce Yang first learned about the United States when he was given a picture of New York City by his grandparents, who had recently returned to Taiwan after visiting the United States, and was surprised that a place like this actually existed in the world. A few years later, his parents decided to move Bruce and his siblings to the United States for the pursuit of a new life with more opportunities and freedoms. When Bruce arrived in America, he saw the Statue of Liberty, reminding him of the exact picture his grandparents had given him years earlier and realizing this was his new home.
After being in the country for 24 years, Bruce has realized that being an American means being whatever and whoever you want to be. As an avid runner Bruce finds similarities in marathons and being a new citizen, “At the beginning you’re confused and fear the unknown, but when you cross the finish line you feel accomplished and like you achieved something.”
For Bruce, being an American means giving back to the community, working hard and setting a good example for his son and he shows how if you are willing to work hard, you can do almost anything you want.