Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We are excited to announce our latest release, I BELONG HERE—LIVING THE LIFE I WAS BORN FOR IN AMERICA, by Helen H. Yee.


Helen Co-Founded The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 1990. The school offers accredited programs in acupuncture, massage therapy, and nursing, as well as a student and professional clinic. ​ She also teaches Tai Chi and Qi Gong at AIAM, and at various martial arts camps and seminars in the US and abroad. In addition to her work at AIAM, Helen served on the Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) site visit team for the evaluation of acupuncture schools across the country,and is currently an Executive Board member for the Asian American Commerce Group. ​

A Co-Founder of Opawl-the Ohio Progressive Asian Women Leadership, and is on the Board for the Lesbian Business Association. ​​ She has also served as Past President on the Board for the Pacific Association of Women Martial Arts, Past Vice President for Stonewall Columbus, an LGBTQ organization, and Board Member for State of the Arts Theatre Company. ​ Since 2020, Helen serves on the Columbus Community Relations as a Commissioner. Helen has been recognized for her achievements by The International Role Model Magazine Inc., featured in 2019 as Columbus CEO spotlight for small businesses and also awarded the 2018 Business Entrepreneurial leadership award by the Asian American Commerce Group, an Olympic Alternate on the US Tae Kwon Do team in 2018, 2 time National Champion, a silver medalist in the 1990 Tae Kwon Do World Cup and inducted into the Bruce Lee Hall of Honor in 2015.


About I BELONG HERE

An estimated 4.5 million women have been bullied with guns, according to The Trace, an online group which investigates gun violence. I BELONG HERE—LIVING THE LIFE I WAS BORN FOR IN AMERICA tells the story of one of those women, beginning with the night Helen H Yee faces a masked gunman inside her car. Yee is no stranger to harassment. As a Chinese immigrant, bullying had plagued her formative years, but no longer does she passively accept it. Relying on years of martial arts training, she quickly forms a strategy based on the wise advice, “never go to a second location.”

Written with candor and aplomb, I BELONG HERE follows Yee’s journey from a cloistered Chinese childhood into mainstream 1960s midwestern America, navigating between dual cultures and revealing events that cause her to reimagine traditional concepts of family. Yee courageously pursues her own version of love and romance while training for the Olympic Taekwondo Team and discovers the destiny-changing power of massage and acupuncture and a future calling. In the current climate of Asian disdain, Yee’s unfathomable resilience and daring approach to personal and business challenges will inspire not only Asians, but cross over racial lines to those who feel beaten down by haters, bullies, and mockers. She offers a fresh vision to those seeking the hope of a brighter future. Optimistic and uplifting, I BELONG HERE encourages all readers to find their inner strength, identity, and the fullness of their destiny.