My Family's Immigration

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Annette Chu Mrs. Grover English 9A 26 November 2012 The Reason I was Born in the USA 金山 or Gold Mountain was the name given to the United States by the people of China looking for new opportunities. The immigration story on my mother’s side of the family begins with my great-grandfather’s journey to the United States in search for a better life for himself, his wife, and his four children. At this time, the majority of the population in China was living in poverty. Being able to come to America was the dream of many in the hopes they would be able to become wealthy. However, it was a rough start for my great-grandfather. The language barrier was a major obstacle and job options for foreigners were very limited; the only job…show more content…
Instead, my grandmother and my great-grandparents decided to meet in Hong Kong. It was a huge risk for my grandmother to take because she was leaving China. During the Cultural Revolution, this was viewed as being unfaithful to Chinese government and the person could be subject to public humiliation. Red Guards Nevertheless, they were reunited for a period of time. Knowing that there was the possibility that they would never see their daughter again after she returned to China, my great-grandparents pleaded my grandmother to stay in Hong Kong. However, my grandmother knew by doing so she would be regarded as an anti-revolutionist, and her husband would be persecuted for her actions. Once again she was separated from her parents. Years later, my mother knowing how much her mother wanted to be reunited with her parents, studied hard to give her mother the chance to come to America. By succeeding academically, she was able to travel to the United States as a foreign college student at the age of 18. After graduating, she became a US citizen and filed the appropriate papers that allowed my grandmother to immigrate to the United States. At the age of 65, my grandmother’s family was complete
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