My parents sacrificed their careers so that their children can succeed and have a better future. They left their beloved country and established their life in a foreign land. My parents endured continuous criticism, strenuous physical labor, and many challenges to raise their children.
They endured it all because they loved their children. My parents expected their children to lead a happy life with the freedom to choose between education, politics, and religion. I will not let them down. My wish is to live up to my parents’ expectations and continue to do so until the day I rest in peace under 5 to 10 feet of dirt. My grave would say “There lived Ha Roda who lived the American dream and lived up to her parents’ expectations.”
America is a place where I fit in best. It is a melting pot of all different cultures and nationalities. It is a place where I can make a difference no matter how small or insignificant I may seem to be. It is a place that people risked their lives to come to. It is a place where dreams are possibilities. What comes to my mind is the last sentence of the lyric in the American National Anthem, Star-Spangled Banner: “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
The next section/chapter is a brief overview of the Vietnam War called “My Journey to America – Vietnam War“. The war played an important role in my life and it led us to America. Love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in a comment below. Thank you!