The Burden of Being the Oldest Son to Immigrants
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The Burden of Being the Oldest Son to Immigrants

He started his own construction company. And my mother opened a laundromat. Back then, I couldn’t speak any English—not even the ABCs—and it was hard. I was a top student in China, you know, honors, always getting praise. So I came here and all of a sudden, I don’t know nothing, don’t know the language. My fourth-grade teacher thought I needed special ed—that’s how bad it was. I didn’t talk at all because I was afraid to make a mistake. Continue reading