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My best friends growing up were Chinese, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Orthodox Jewish and Black. And the diversity wasn’t just from ethnicity, but also socio-economic. To me it was completely normal to be around somebody whose parents was super wealthy or someone who was living off of welfare. No one cared about any of those things, and I wanted my children to experience it without even realizing the diversity and inclusiveness. There is no difference between us and everyone else. We’re just trying to do our best in the world.  You almost can’t talk about New York, or the Lower East Side, without immigrants. Neither would exist. People who come from a place where the opportunity is so slim to a place where they feel that opportunity is in abundance, that if you work hard you can achieve, you can support your family, you can send money back to your country. 

Place(s): New York, Lower East Side, Puerto Rico

– Joanna

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