Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng

March 10, 2012 by staff 

Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng, Maya Kassandra Soetoro-Ng (born August 15, 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia) is the half-sister to Barack Obama; they have the same mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. Her father and Obama’s step-father was Lolo Soetoro an Indonesian.

Although raised largely in Indonesia she lived with Obama in Hawaii with their white grandparents from 1973-1976.

Maya Soetoro-Ng teaches history at the private La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls and is an instructor for evening classes at the University of Hawaii. She is married to a Chinese-Canadian and they have a daughter, Suhaila. Soetoro-Ng was active in the Obama campaign.

She describes her mother as agnostic and her father a nominally Muslim. She philosophically describes herself today as a Buddhist.

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