Red Envelopes

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
A visual display of a red envelope.
A visual display of a red envelope.

The object I’ve chosen to discuss is a red envelope. Red envelopes are usually in the form of a rectangle or square containing money. The amount of money varies depending on the distributor. It can range from $10-$200 from two separate envelopes. Also, there are Chinese characters on the front of the packet that mean longevity, fortune, or happiness.  My family distributes envelopes to the kids for Chinese New Year, birthdays, weddings, etc. They are a symbol of good luck and prosperity. There's a magical spark of happiness whenever I receive them. My family immigrated from China. My mom and dad lived and met in Chinatown, Boston. Then they bought a house together in Quincy. My family’s story is unique because if it weren’t for my parents meeting in Chinatown, my family wouldn’t have the life we live now. My parents migrated to America for stable jobs and family, and have found success in both. Our story connects to any other families because they all had similar to the same reasons to migrate. The reasons include better education, greater opportunities, and more freedom not only for them but their kids as well.

Place(s): China, Quincy, Ma, Boston, Ma

– FC

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant