When we first came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam, my father worked in a cereal factory with a starting wage of $3.75 per hour. Soon after, my mother also started work in a factory. With long hard hours of labor and determination, they were focused on the American Dream. Over the years, we really did become the poster family for the American Dream.
My parents were able to buy a home and a new minivan. All four of their children went to private liberal arts colleges, received advanced degrees and now have good careers. We made it and truly became Americans.