PLEASANTON – In 2000, my mother, three siblings, and I started a journey that brought us to the United States, where my father waited for us. All we carried was a small suitcase filled with our best clothes. We immigrated to obtain better educations and live a more comfortable life. Economically, we have made significant progress, but emotionally, there will always be an empty space we can never fill.
My mother saved the clothes we wore as we started our life in the United States. They have come to represent our struggles to fit into our new world, reminding each of us how far we have come as a family.
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