In Attire
Relationship: Im/migrant

I am a first generation immigrant from Fuzhou, Fujian, China. My mother and father first moved to the United States and after 5 years I joined them. I don't even know how they met, but after 1 year after meeting, they married. Another year after, they had me and moved to America. They wanted a better life for me because they didn't have any real talent in China, and because of this, they came there. This is one of the most common ways for Chinese immigrants to come, work visa. They worked relentlessly for a better life in America. However, we were unique due to being lucky. We got a sponsored very early in their life, when they were 23(m) and 24(d), immediately given a job from my uncle, cheaper rent by living with family, and becoming a citizen right when the regression hit. This made everything cheaper when we needed to invest. 2 years after coming here, I got my citizenship, I even remember helping my mom study for the citizenship test.

My glasses are items that I believe represents me the best. My personality was developed due to being a Chinese immigrant, one whose family just wanted him to develop skills to land a job. This was at the cost of social skills, leading to me having none. I was placed in afterschool to excel more, which led to issues socially. I was a nerd, timid, and introverted because of these, and I saw myself as this. When I first got my glasses, the symbol of success and intelligence was in front of me, and I loved them. It was the item I could relate to the most. My experience being a Chinese immigrant was fully encapsulated in my glasses.


Place(s): China, Massachusetts
Year: 2008


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