For Billie and Lee Bryant, Arisa’s arrival was a blessing. Stationed in Japan with the Air Force, they welcomed the six-week-old into their lives. They renamed her Wendy and provided a loving home. The Bryants encouraged Wendy and brother, Stan, also adopted in Japan, to be proud of their heritage. Both excelled in school and as competitive swimmers, where each earned top amateur rankings.
Wendy graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before a dream job in fashion took her to New York. She married her college beau and moved to Atlanta, where daughters Winston and Lily were born. She returned to Chapel Hill and is very much the person Lee and Billie had hoped she would be. Splitting time between her daughter and her three companies, she is successful, intelligent and happy.