Why I want to help you share your Asian/Pacific American family’s stories this May

How our numbers increased as restrictions ended. Sources include Census data, Senate.gov, and Jia Lynn Lang’s One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965
My father soon after he arrived in the United States
  • My father, who gave up everything to become an American, including legally changing his name because people kept mispronouncing it, and died before he could see if it would work out,
  • My mother, who raised four kids on her own and then became a missionary and a leader in her church, and
  • My stepfather, who came to the United States thanks to a kind American G.I. and whose stories sounded so crazy that I fact-checked him before giving him my blessing (he did actually play high-school football on Staten Island in the 1950s).

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