TUESDAY TOPICS NOVEMBER: HYONG YI; ASSISTANT MANAGER CITY OF CHARLOTTE
Hyong Yi is an assistant city manager for the City of Charlotte. From 2004 to 2014, he served as Mecklenburg County’s management and budget director, responsible for strategic planning, developing the County’s annual $1.4 billion operating budget and the capital budget.
He received his master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Hyong Yi's mission is to help people hold onto what he lost: his soulmate Catherine Zanga, his wife of 15 years. Catherine died of ovarian cancer in 2014.
To help strangers learn about their love, Hyong Yi handed out 100 love notes to honor his wife in uptown Charlotte.
Soon the notes were put online, but now Yi is the author of '100 Love Notes' a book filled with the words along with artwork to help the reader experience their story of love and the moments he will forever cherish.
"This right here is more than I imagined," Yi said as he held a copy of the book. "I just thought I would put some words out there and we'll get some people to draw some pictures and we'll put it together and we'll have a book. The love and attention that the artists gave to it, and the designer who actually put the book together and published it-- this book is more than I ever had in my imagination. I'm very pleased with how it turned out."
Author Hyong Yi has spent his career working as a public servant in Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. He earned his degrees in political science and public administration from the American University. He has two children, Anna and Alex, that he doesn't feel qualified to raise and lives in the Madison Park neighborhood. He has a compelling story urging everyone to "live fiercely and love completely."
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