Maya Soetoro Ng was born in Indonesia to a Chinese businessman named Lolo Soetaro and Ann Dunham and Ann Dunham happens to be Barak Obama's mother. That makes Maya Ng Barak Obama's half sister. Maya was educated in Hawaii, at Barnard College in New York, later she did her MA at New York University and her Ph. D at the University of Hawaii. Apparently, recently Maya Ng described herself as 'philosophically Buddhist.' I'm not sure what that means but it sounds promising. Hopefully it's something like practicing the Dhamma and leaving out all the cultural trappings.