I was born in Communist China, grew up in New Zealand, and moved to America at the age of 18. I now call America home.
As a youth, I was a liberal. I thought government hand-outs were great and government was the answer to all of society's problems! I even voted for the most left-leaning party when I first voted in New Zealand (they promised free college for everyone!).
I became awakened to conservative ideas in college, reading various conservative thinkers on my own. As an immigrant to this country, I saw with my own eyes that America was different. I valued what made America great and special. It surprised me that Americans took so many of their rights and privileges for granted. However, it wasn't until I started reading and learning American history and government that I realized that her greatness was rooted in the ideas that founded this nation - ideas that would be considered conservative today.
But most importantly, I became a Christian at the age of 16 and have sought to live for Jesus ever since. God knows I fail everyday, but his grace is sufficient even in my weakness.