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Kay’s family fled communist regimes three times. Now she uses her work to face the regime in its modern, global form.

Escaping Russia, 1920s

Both Kay’s paternal and maternal grandparents were religious believers in Russia, so they became targets of the Soviet Communists after the Russian Revolution in 1919. To survive, they made a dangerous journey over 5 years by foot to China.

An original color photo taken in 1910 of the Russian city of Perm, Kay’s grandparents hometown, before the communist takeover in 1919.

Escaping China, 1950s

Kay’s father was born and raised in Harbin, China, speaking both Russian and Chinese. The family suffered famine and tragedy but were fortunate to escape to Australia in 1958.

At least 80 million people have been killed by the Chinese Communist Party since it took power in 1949.

Escaping Czechoslovakia, 1980s

Kay’s husband, David, was 7 years old when his parents left everything behind to flee Soviet Communist persecution in the former Czechoslovakia. They built new lives from scratch in Australia. They never could have imagined that the Berlin Wall would fall in their lifetimes. But it did.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 saw the end of open communist oppression in Europe, including Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).

Arrested & Imprisoned in China, 2001

Kay went to China in 2001 to appeal for an end to the brutal persecution of Falun Dafa (a traditional Chinese meditation practice). Her legal appeal was holding a banner with only three words: Truth, Compassion, Tolerance, the universal principles of Falun Dafa. She was arrested within 30 seconds and locked in a basement cell. Chinese police told Kay that “Truth, Compassion, Tolerance” is illegal in China.

Kay was arrested with others within 30 seconds of raising this banner.

Professional Work

After studying Fine Arts at college, Kay has worked as a professional in the production industry for over 20 years. She has produced hundreds of hours of programs for print, gaming, television, and the cinema. Many have won national and international acclaim.

Kay’s recent works have focused on China, communism, and true stories of courage in the USA.

Family Life

Kay was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. Kay is a a wife and proud mother of two teenagers who have learned how to discern media bias (and socialist agendas) in media and entertainment, while still being able to enjoy the best of it!

Kay’s favorite Hudson Valley lookout over the Delaware River.