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Posted on 2005.11.26 at 18:09


staticsoliloquy at 2005-11-27 06:21 (UTC) (Link)
dear jess,

If it helps, I'll share with you the one I wrote.

"My name isn’t phonetically-correct because it’s pronounced “knee,” not “nigh.” I’m Vietnamese, and I came to the US in 1994. Coming from a low-income, immigrant household on government assistance, our priority has never been education, yet it’s the most stressed value. We arrived in America with no money in our pockets, but hearts full of desires. As a result, my siblings had to work as cleaners for a restaurant at night, entering the working field while going to a junior college during the day. My sister brought her biology book to read after she had finished scrubbing the toilets while my brother solved a few Calculus problems between the vacuuming and the wiping. Although deferring their “American dreams” was difficult, it was better than being homeless in Vietnam. After realizing my family’s sacrifice, I knew I not only had to excel, but to succeed in all my endeavors. I resolved to receive the best education, and to surpass all expectations bestowed upon me. I wanted them to be proud of my accomplishments, and let them know that their sacrifices haven’t been in vain. "
jess_is_here at 2005-11-27 07:17 (UTC) (Link)
wow. you and you're family have been through so much. i have so much respect for you.

thanks for sharing that. I don't think I have any experiences nearly as moving as that, but maybe it will get the juices flowing.
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