I’d be lying if I said that I have zero fear about returning to a country where any mentally disturbed individual can so easily get his or her hands on a gun.
I was raised without a religion. My father and stepmother never really talked about God, or Jesus, or the Old Testament. They didn’t talk about Jerusalem or even Vishnu. Throughout my childhood, they mostly just stayed quiet on the subject. Raised in Georgia, though, this doesn’t mean that I was exempt from the culture that surrounds the so-called “Bible Belt”.
Did you know there are sloths in Costa Rica?
It’s an all-too-typical scene for me: I walk up to the cashier at Manning’s and greet the cashier with a casual “你好.” Perhaps this is my giveaway – Chinese culture tends to be light on unnecessary formalities.
This city is strong. Its strength has been tested time and time again. And though I was not residing here during that fateful day 14 years ago, Manhattan has accepted me with open arms and I’ve managed to succeed more than I once thought was possible.
When my parents moved here after the civil war back home, they settled in an area packed with other immigrants from the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, Iraq, and other East African countries. I never felt like I was an oddity until we moved to a suburb where immigrants like us were far and few in between.
I am the Asian sheep in my Italian-American family.
Our Declaration, our Constitution, and our flag are symbols that stand for our entire nation…They do not exist to represent a small portion of us.
When was the last time you locked your car?
I think that the excessive and threatening use of firearms outside of our recruiting centers is a bit extreme and potentially unsafe.