leaving for the land of opportunity means…

J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur (1735-1813) wrote of people coming to North America, "Ubi panis ibi patria," or "Where there is bread, there is one's fatherland."

My wife and I are both children of immigrants. Her parents hail from Bangalore, India and mine from Seoul, Korea. Both of our parents came in the late 60s, early 70s in order to pursue economic and educational opportunities. In many respects, it was their one fighting chance to carve out a living for themselves. But did they know what it was going to cost them?

A few weeks ago, my wife and I sat around the kitchen table and mused Continue reading “leaving for the land of opportunity means…”