Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Monday all the best: Anna Lo

Alliance MLA Anna Lo
Alliance MLA Anna Lo

The 60-year-old is the Alliance Party’s MLA for South Belfast. Born in Hong Kong, she has two grown-up sons and has lived in Northern Ireland for over 30 years.

MY BEST MOMENT

It was topping the poll in the 2011 NI Assembly election in South Belfast. I was first elected in 2007 and I was very focused in the effort I put in to my constituency.

Four years later I was delighted to see that the voters had recognised the hard work I had put in and overwhelmingly wanted me to keep going.

MY BEST WAY TO RELAX

I swim 30 or so lengths twice a week. It’s fantastic exercise which really clears my head and allows me to relax.

MY BEST JOB

Before I became an MLA I spent 10 years as the director of the Chinese Welfare Association. Being an MLA is my best job, though. I can use all of the experience I gained working in social care, with the community and with charities to make a difference in my constituency and to contribute to a new Northern Ireland.

MY BEST ADVICE

I don’t have a particular piece that anyone gave to me. However, there's a strong tradition of Daoism in my family. One of my favourite Daoist sayings is ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’. It’s a saying that’s worth remembering when there are tough times ahead.

MY BEST SONG

I listen to classical music a lot instead of pop music but if I had to pick a popular song I would choose Imagine by John Lennon. I love the melody but I also find the words are incredibly poignant.

MY BEST GIFT

My oldest brother passed away from cancer a few years ago. He left me a bronze Buddha that had been blessed by the high priest of his temple. It now sits on my mantlepiece and I find it very calming and makes the room feel tranquil. It always reminds me of my brother, who was the kindest person I have ever known. If someone tried to steal his wallet he would say: “If you need it badly enough to steal it then here, you should take it.”

MY BEST ACHIEVEMENT

Working within the community in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of racism. I’ve worked hard to get facilities and recognition for different races here and I played a part in bringing the Race Relations Order to Northern Ireland.

MY BEST GUY

My new bungalow. I’ve had a few houses over the years but I really love this one. I've had it since September and I was delighted to get a bargain.

MY BEST MOVIE

The Constant Gardener with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. I've always liked both of the actors but I love the film because it's about the fight for justice. I’ve seen it quite a few times now.

MY BEST BOOK

I loved Wild Swans by Jung Chan — it's about three generations of women from the same Chinese family. I love stories about strong women and it’s a fascinating look at the social culture of China.

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