Donut Shop

Donuts on display
Donuts on display

My grandmother came to the United States in June of 1983. She was working as a seamstress where she would work about 16 hours a day in order to support her family. With the saved-up funds, she was able to afford her own business, which is a donut shop in 1995. The donut shop allowed her to have a steady income and job, working 14-hour days, 365 days a year. Having to keep the business going, she would have to bring my father, aunts, and uncles to the donut shop to help out, later asking me to go work as well. From generation to generation we work at the donut shop my grandmother has in order to keep the family financially stable. Growing up there were always donuts waiting for me after school or at family parties, and over the summer I would help out at the shop. My grandmother never fails to remind me just how long it took for her to get to where she is now with a big family. Our family grew from this donut shop alone, and with the lives, we have now, we would have never achieved without the donut shop.  

Year: 1983

– Emily Chan

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant