Betty Lim King is author of “Girl on a Leash: The Healing Power of Dogs, a sociological memoir” about how her Chinese Confucian leash became a lifeline in the company of abandoned dogs. She also wrote “Healing with my Dogs,” “From America to Africa, Voices of Filipino Women Overseas” about how dogs break down barriers of race, class, gender, religion, politics, and other human distinctions, making us share our humanity with each other. She is Executive Director of Help for Asian Americans with Addictions, an innovative outreach program for a largely invisible subgroup of Asian Americans. She was Development Director and Board member of various community-based nonprofits. She was restaurant critic for the Charlotte Observer, lifestyle columnist for the Catawba Valley Neighbors and a sociology instructor at the Lenior Rhyne College in North Carolina. While living in Paris for 10 years, she was President of the UNESCO International Cooking School and a graduate of the French culinary school La Varenne and oenology school, Academie du Vin.
Betty graduated magna cum laude in economics and obtained a two Master degrees: Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines and Development Economics from the University of Manchester, England. She also studied agricultural economics at the University of Tokyo, Japan and did graduate studies on nonprofit management at Harvard University and Boston University. At Harvard, she was awarded the prestigious Derek Bok Public Service Award and was Class Marshall, graduating top three.
Above all, Betty is extremely proud of her work in rescuing and adopting homeless and abandoned dogs and cats and promoting better human-canine relationships.