I come from an impoverished family that escaped to America during the Vietnam War with hopes that their children would perhaps live a better life than they did. My grandparents sacrificed everything that they had owned and invested all of their life savings into a boat that would remove them from the world of misery; this led them to come to America in search of a better life.
It was during the Vietnam war, the citizens of Vietnam were hungry, poor, and scared for their lives. Every hour, my grandma said, there were explosives that was in the 10 meter radius from her house. She could only imagine the deaths of her friends and family that lived within the attacks. My grandparents had 11 kids at the time of the Vietnam war, with little money and resources, they decided that they could not live in Vietnam anymore. On May 10th, my grandparents decided to escape the misery and deaths in Vietnam and perhaps find another country that would take them in and care for them, so they packed all their belongings and went down south. After walking thousands and thousands of miles, my grandmother settle in the country of Cambodia. There she felt as if her whole family was safe and no one could harm them anymore than the brutal war in Vietnam. Little did she know, her family was at risk at a whole new level.
In 1953 Cambodia gained its independence from France and as the Vietnam War progressed, Cambodia’s elected Prime Minister Norodom Sihanouk adopted an official policy of neutrality between Vietnam and the United States mainly because they did not want to get involved into any political arguments. However,Sihanouk was ousted in 1970 by a military coup led by his own Cambodian General Lon Nol. Working to the Khmer Rouge, a guerrilla movement,...
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... of life,” and to do whatever I wanted, as long as I was passionate about it. This conundrum opened my eyes to another idealistic view of the world. My parents’ preoccupation to support me evolved into the desire to succeed as an individual. Because I saw the hardships my parents went through, I want to be able to help them have a better life and in a sense, repay them for what they have given me.
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