CHAPTER 10: THE AMERICAN DREAM
Immigration has become very controversial as humanity is experiencing an unprecedented level of large scale mobility in recent years. Yet, to be an American is synonymous with the American dream. Immigrants have long come to the United States in search of opportunity and a place where they can lead better lives. The idea that anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps in America resonates with many hopeful immigrants. Refugees, on the other hand, are those who come to America to escape persecution in their home country. My parents are the classic example of such immigrants or refugees that came to America with absolutely nothing and endured numerous challenges and obstacles. It took 848 days, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, for us to reach America and decades-long to rebuild our lives. Along the way, my parents have instilled great hope and aspirations in their children. The American Dream, from my parents' perspective, is about a second chance and giving their children a better life through the importance of hard work, strong foundation in higher education, and focus on career aspirations in the traditional sense. Their success story is our story.
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