On July 22, 2003, Detention Deputy L. Wright and his wife adopted their daughter from Wuhan, China. She was 15 months old at the time. A few years later the Wrights decided that they wanted to find a way to “instill confidence” and “create a forum” in which adopted Chinese girls could “share and enjoy their special sisterhood.” So, the Wrights decided to create a magazine to cater to these girls.
Deputy Wright and his wife began publishing Mei Magazine in 2005 right out of their home office. Their first issue published was the April / May issue in 2005. Five years later, they are proud to announce that they are preparing to release their 27th issue in the summer of 2010.
Mei is a quarterly publication mailed to more than 2,500 girls, age 7-17 throughout the U.S. and also has subscribers in Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium, China, Australia and Spain. Mei magazine targets girls who have been adopted from China. It includes features such as Chinese history and heritage, Chinese language, an advice column specifically dealing with topics shared by the readers, beauty and fashion tips, book reviews, reader profiles and many other subjects. Every issue features a different “cover girl,” giving young women a chance to show off their talents and uniqueness.
Publishing the magazine is not an easy task, but the Wrights know how beneficial it is for these young women. Having an adoptee of their own, they know a magazine like Mei is wonderful for the girls’ development here in America. It’s all about helping these young women live in America without losing their Chinese heritage.
Mei magazine offers individual issues, or full sets of their back issues. They can all be ordered www.meimagazine.com. They even offer gift subscriptions.
Deputy Wright moved to Tampa in 1974 to live with his brother who was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. He worked odd jobs until being hired in his desired profession of graphic design at Kash ‘n’ Karry supermarkets. There he worked building newspaper ads. In 1980, he was hired at The Tampa Tribune where he worked as the Creative Director for 20 years. Wright then left The Tampa Tribune to start his own design business. In 2006, he was selected to attend the Sheriff’s Detention Academy and he has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office ever since.
“After 30 years in the design business, I had accomplished a lot, including many national and international design awards.’’ Deputy Wright said. “I was seeking something completely different and knew I had the temperament for law enforcement and corrections.”
Deputy Wright, 54, has been married for 12 years. Their daughter is now 8 years old. In his free time, Deputy Wright enjoys mountain biking and expedition racing. He has been riding since 1997 and has competed in 25 races of up to 36 hours in length. “You get sick and injured, but it’s still a lot of fun.”
“My favorite part of my job in the jail is its unpredictability. Every day is different and you never know what’s next.”