Hilda Chiquito, a petite woman with a dazzling smile, works as an accountant for MRY. Having immigrated to the United States at nineteen with her mom and her two brothers from Manabí, Ecuador, her life changed drastically after settling into New York City. The decision for her to come to the United States was not one she made her own, “the decision was made for me”.
Prior to arriving to the United States, Miguel Lebron lived a comfortable life working as a supervisor in an accounting firm. However, when his children started growing up, he decided to move himself and his family to New York, where they would be exposed to better opportunities and lead a better life.
Flying over the border from Mexico to the United States in his mother’s lap at the age of one, Fred was too young to understand just how much a journey of a few miles would affect the rest of his life. Having grown up in America almost his entire life, he has the benefit of fitting right into American society. However, the ropes that tie him back to Mexico are still taut and he feels their tug constantly.
My Parents Home
My parents came from a city called Guangzhou and lived ordinary lives their. I have visited there three times and I would best describe it as a city similar in size to New York City. I’d say that it’s actually really nice there. The streets are crowded though, there very messy because they have all these different cars and bikes going around. You could probably say it’s not much different than New York City, but of course it has been a bit modernized from when my parents lived there. My parents though they didn’t feel like they were making enough money. My mother worked sewing while my father worked at a store. They had a normal life, they just didn’t feel like they had enough money.
Katie Chiu is a second-generation Chinese American. Her grandparents fled China during the communist take-over to Hong Kong, where her parents were born. Katie is in the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. She represented the freshman class this past year on the Macaulay Student Council.
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