Honoring Chopin  
 

While working in Indianapolis, Tian lived at the home of alumnus Bob Wright ’87 and his family, including sons Thomas and Jonathan. Tian taught the boys piano and enjoyed having "little brothers," while Mary Wright and Bob's hospitality gave the Shenyang, China native a feeling of being home.

Tian also had a favorite space in the Wright home—on the second floor landing near a stained glass window. He said, "I love sitting here to read and to study, because I can see through the windows to the bench in front of the house and watch the boys playing on the grass with their dog. This shapes my understanding of the American dream, and being here, I feel warmth, protection, and a sense of belonging." 

Photo by Steve Charles

 

 
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