My Family 's Story Of Immigration

1966 WordsMar 14, 20178 Pages
While every immigrant story is unique to the places they’ve come from, their personal narratives, and their integration, many share commonalities within the American immigrant experience. My family is no exception to this fact as they highlight many of the theories of migration outlined in sociology. By examining my family’s story of immigration through these different lenses, I hope to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for those who ultimately brought me into America. Around 85 years ago, my great uncle’s first impression of the Gold Mountain arrived on the hopeful lips of men in a time of Chinese turmoil. He came in the late 1940’s from a small village in Southern China as a paper son aboard a ship under the last name Kong…show more content…
A few years later, he sent for his sister (my grandmother and her family). Since there was no opportunity in China after the revolution, they saw America as a chance for them to have a better life. My grandma, mother, and two of her siblings (they left three of their siblings behind because they were over 18 and could not procure their separate visas at the time) moved to the United States in 1980 after the US formally recognized diplomatic ties with China. One year before the big move, the four of them moved from their small village in Guangzhou to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. They spent a year in limbo, while waiting for their visas and my great uncle to officially send for them. When their papers finally arrived, they boarded a Pan AM flight with their three small suitcases bound for Los Angeles. Their reason for moving was primarily driven by the New Economics of Labor Migration and World Systems Theory as China was going through a massive overhaul at the time. The country was still rebuilding and restructuring after The Great Leap forward and the Great Famine had left China in shambles. This left little to no opportunity for women in the large cities, let alone villages living in poverty. So when my great uncle sent for the rest of his family, they saw it as a chance for their family to diversify their portfolio (to have my grandfather and older aunts and uncles stay in China while
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