Heyao was born and raised in the city of Changchun, China. He moved to American Samoa at age 15 and graduated from South Pacific Academy. During high school, Heyao worked as a passionate volunteer at the local environmental conservation organization that helps preserve the landscape and interned with Cancer Coalition promoting disease awareness. Heyao is currently a freshman at the University of Washington and is planning to double major in Economics and International Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing guitar and basketball.