Tiehmin hails from Jiangheshe village from which he left prior to the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949. He is returning on a nostalgia visit to scenes of his happy childhood. Tiehmin was the president of the L.A. Family Association in year 2003. Prior to coming to the U.S.A. in 1993 he had been in construction and real estate business in Taiwan. He had been an officer in the Kuomintang Army during the regime of Generalissimo Chang Kai Shi.