Shuyin Yang
Yuguang Zheng, 65 and his wife, Shuyin Yang, 62, were aboard American Airlines flight 77 to Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The couple was on their way back to China after an extended visit with their daughter in the Baltimore area. Mr.Zheng, a chemist before retirement, graduated from Nanjing University and majored in Analytical Chemistry. His wife graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University and was a retired pediatrician.

Yuguang and Shuyin were married for 35 years and raised one son, Shidong, of Nagano, Japan, and one daughter, Rui of Baltimore, Maryland. They were very loving and affectionate, although they had quite different hobbies and personalities. The husband loved painting and was accomplished at Taichi. He was a little bit reserved. When talking with him, you would find he would be quiet and listen to you most of the time. To his children, he was a special father because he made you feel the love from the bottom of his heart, even though he didn’t speak a lot. His wife was an active, open-minded and kind lady. She loved to try every thing that was novel to her, even though sometimes it was a little risky. Besides, she liked cooking and was very good at it. Those who had tried her cooking loved her and her food. Definitely, the most important thing about her was that she was a good mother. She listened, accompanied and did her best to comfort her children whenever they felt upset and frustrated even after they grew up.

To both Yuguang and Shuyin, family was the most important thing. They loved each other and their children. The couple came to the United States to visit their daughter and stayed for almost a year. Their English was very limited. But it was amazing that they have made some good friends around the area where they lived. Sometimes the couple was invited by friends to have dinner or tea and they would spend hours together using only limited and simple words to communicate with each other. Actually, the majority of the neighbors knew the couple because it was so easy to make friends and get along with them. Though they were over 60, they were still enthusiastic about learning English as a foreign language. When a word came up, they would immediately turn to the dictionary or ask their daughter. Some times they even made their daughter write the words and sentences down so that it would be easy for them to memorize.

Just before leaving they took a one-week vacation with their daughter and son-in-law in Maine. They had a wonderful time there sightseeing, hiking and swimming. One day after the vacation, they got on AA77 and left for China. Before getting on board, they told their daughter, who saw them off at Dulles Airport, how much they enjoyed the year with her and promised to visit again in a couple of years. Then they hugged and kissed her. Rui stayed and watched them until they disappeared onto the plane that crashed into the Pentagon and led to a national tragedy that separated them from their loving family members.

For their family members, the only thing that provides relief is knowing that the devoted couple was together all the time, even at the last minute of their lives. What they left behind for family members and friends are the loving memories of them. The only wish of their children is that their parents didn’t suffer at the horrible moment. In their minds, their beloved parents still stay with them and care about them as usual. The only difference is that they cannot see their parents and hear their voices again.
Published by The State Journal-Register on Sep. 16, 2001.
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What a beautiful couple. Yes, they are still caring and loving their children from their place in the heavens, in the Glory of God. Paradise.


Barbara Miranda-Cabrera
December 12, 2019
Hi Shuyin,
I am deeply sorry you passed away on board Flight 77 that tragic morning. Hope everything is well in paradise.
A.L.
September 26, 2019
Sending our continued deep sympathy to your family. May God continue to give the strength needed to cope with these sad losses. Mr and Mrs. Yang will always be fondly remembered.
The Kindred Family
November 26, 2018
I pray for the family and friends of this beautiful couple. I hope that we all will honor their legacy by being good, kind, loving people to all those around us and to cherish our families as they did. Much love from Texas
Del Newberry
February 9, 2016
To The Family,
Please accept my deepest thoughts of symapathy concerning the passing of your loved ones.

Sincerly,
Mr. Terry of NC
December 26, 2012
Yuguang Zheng and Shuyin Yang - Thank you for your lives, and my heart goes out to your family. I was in China on September 11, 2001, and my in-laws are from China. They come to the US every other year, and they have taken some of the same flights you did.

I toured the Pentagon in March of 2010, and the tour guide pointed out your names, together, at the bottom of the memorial, and it moved me deeply. You will be remembered not just by your family, but by hundreds who visit the memorial every day.

God bless you and your family, and thank you so much for your sacrifice.
Matt Day
April 4, 2010
To the family of Shuyin Yang:
Shuyin gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
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Peggy Childers
September 8, 2009
Still haven't forgotten...
Brian Coughter
April 27, 2009
In memory....
P Tabbernor
July 19, 2007
My heart remains with everyone who lost loved ones on 9/11. I read your parents' profile and was inspired to learn about them. I will honor their memory in my efforts to live life in a kind, gracious and gentle way.
Nancy
September 29, 2006
I'm so sorry to see these wonderful and loving people gone. I'm glad to hear that they lived a happy life.
Stacy Ikeda
September 10, 2006
Even though I know nothing about Shuyin Yang, other than his family and friends truly love him. That to me means that I would have appreciated him as well if I had the chance.
Mustafa Ibrahim
September 11, 2003
To the Yang family:
May the memory of your dear parents be a source of blessing and hope for the living.

September 11, 2002
Moshe Laber
September 11, 2002
I do not personally know Mr. and Mrs. Yang; I just wish I did. From what I read in the profile, they seemed like loving people that were so passionate about who they are and being kind to people, meeting everyone they could, learning the unfamiliar language, and visiting their children over great distances. I had an assignment to select randomly 11 people of 9-11 and write about what I learned about them. This story touched me, and I, a Chinese-American myself, wanted to wish the family the best of luck and let you know that my thoughts are with you. God Bless.
Erica Johnson
September 10, 2002
I have thought of your parents many times this past year. I've wondered who they left behind in China. After reading Rui's loving tribute I now know that they left behind a daughter here and a son in Japan. How tragic it is that your wonderful parents had their lives cut short. How fortunate they were to have been so cherished by their children. Please accept the condolences of a stranger.
Janet
September 9, 2002
I wear a Mercy band bearing your name and my heart is heavy for your family this week as we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I thank God for you and the sweet babies you cared for in your home country. In my quiet times this week, I look at your picture and I say I'm sorry. God is our only refuge during these times.
Connie Hidden
Coconut Creek, Florida
Connie Hidden
September 6, 2002
On May 29, 2002, 1 mile was walked to honor the life of Shuyin and all the family, friends and loved ones she left behind. May you find some comfort in knowing you do not grieve alone.

Shuyin, may you rest in peace with your husband. You will never be forgotten.
Kathy Swaringen
May 31, 2002
MAY THE SOUL OF SHUYIN YANG AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFULLY DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE AMEN..
May 27, 2002
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN..MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS.GOD BLESS HER LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA ..MAY GOD AND HIS ANGELS AND YUGUANG GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
May 27, 2002
In all this horror, this couple'story is fresh air.
A true love story.
A big hug to the family.
Veronica María Gutiérrez Lozoya
May 26, 2002
I have Shuyin Yang's name on my mercy band, it is such a shame that so many people lost their lives in the tradegy. God bless the Yang family Cind
Cindy Bennett
March 24, 2002
to all who lost there lives on 9-11-01 you will never be forgotten
Laura Neary
March 13, 2002
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 12, 2002
You continue to touch many lives. God Bless you and your family.
Jennifer Boykin
October 24, 2001
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL.MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
YANG MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
BARBARA BOLIN
October 1, 2001