Shannon Bruce is an attorney with a passion for writing, learning, and traveling. Originally from Jacksboro, Tennessee (East Tennessee), Shannon started her undergraduate studies at Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, GA, and finished them, with honors, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), obtaining degrees in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs and Anthropology: Chinese Studies. While at UCLA, she studied Mandarin, Chinese, and, upon graduation– to improve her language skills - boarded a plane to the small, island-nation ofTaiwan, R.O.C. Narrowly dodging missile "tests" from Mainland China, debris from a catastrophic earthquake, and Taiwanese taxi-cab and bus drivers, Shannon somehow achieved spoken fluency in Mandarin, albeit with a distinctive Taiwanese accent. When she wasn't traveling or studying, she taught English as a second language and worked as a translator/interpreter for freelance journalists to finance her adventures. Two years later she moved to Hong Kong where she continued to travel and study, picking up Cantonese slang and curse words where she could. Upon returning to the US, Shannon relocated to Washington D.C. and began working as an English editor and researcher for the distinguished Chinese human rights advocate and political dissident Harry Wu. When grant funds dried up, Shannon headed back to metro-Atlanta, where members of her family had relocated. There she took employment as Special Assistant to the Director General for the Taipei Economic and Culture Office (the de facto Consulate office for Taiwan in the Southeast US) until 2005, when she enrolled in the University of Miami School of Law. In law school, Shannon studied real estate, bankruptcy, and comparative/ international law. Unable to afford cable TV on a student budget, she watched Inspector Morse and Miss Marple re-runs on PBS until her graduation in 2008, whereupon she returned to metro-Atlanta to work as a bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney and has continued in that capacity ever since. In her spare time she tutors immigrant children and adults in ESL, studies French and Chinese, and participates in church and international mixers. Shannon can now afford cable TV, and she eagerly watches new Law and Order: UK episodes every week on BBC America.
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