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Brian T.

China- USA

26, Office Coordinator
San Francisco, CA

As as mixed race person, people often see me as white. But my paternal grandfather came here from China at a time when the Chinese Exclusion Act still applied, and several of my uncles are "paper sons." (This is the same time that Japanese internment happened, even though 2/3 were citizens.) We may be considered a "model minority" but Americans of Asian descent were--and still are--targets of discrimination. I'm so grateful that my grandparents endured, even though they were legally barred from buying a home in most neighborhoods and faced a lot of racism. One of my dad's teacher even asked him not to bring my grandmother to parent night again because of her accent. English was her fourth language. She nonetheless raised her boys and ran a small business and got her high school diploma, despite having been forced out of school when the Japanese invaded her village in WWII. Her will to succeed is the same one I see in the faces of today's refugee mothers, and I know someday their grandchildren will appreciate the journey and the promise of America.

Why did your family come to the United States? To escape Communism on one side and to escape famine on the other

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? Three generations of hardworking people who believe in the promise of America (and a whole lot of puns)