“Come on baby! All you need is to land that Triple axle and double loop perfectly and gold is all yours!” What probably makes me most proud to be an American is when you are cheering for your nation in a sport especially in the Olympics. In this case I was cheering for this American who was competing in ice-skating in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. I mean here’s a sport I’ve never even watched or tried, but yet the excitement of rooting for your own country is probably the greatest rush of pride you will ever have. And when your nation has come out victorious, you will feel one hundred percent complete American in your heart. The feeling is just incredible.
Born in San Diego, CA, I am a natural born American Citizen also known as the new generation of Hmong people because I, like many other Hmong teenagers were first to be born in the United States. The new breed of Hmong has been born, and to Hmong parents all over the nation, this symbolizes a new beginning. My parents became U.S. Citizens after living here for 13 years. So now my whole family of ten are all American citizens except for my oldest brother who was born in Thailand. What makes my family different from any other Hmong Families if the fact that we are a fairly Americanized family because living here for over twenty years, my family is adapting to the new ways much faster than other Hmong families but at the same time we still keep our old traditions alive. I can safely say that I am only 50 percent American at home because it’s not that I have to, but its the fact that I want too.
Definition of family: The Western world regards the family as consisting of two or more people who consider themselves related by blood, marriage, or adoption; also known as a nuclear family. The extended family includes grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc. The changing family: At one time families worked together on farms, family trade, etc. They worked as a family to provide for the family. ...
So do I ever feel fully American? At times I am. Like when the events of September 11th took place, basically all citizens of all race to colors had to show our strength and not let anything like that get us on our knees. Like the last sentence in our National Anthem, “and the home of the Brave.” We are a nation that will bulldoze anything down that stands in our way when we stand tall and brave together as one. One thing for sure that Americans will never let anyone try to take away from them is the American Dream.
I hear a lot of this thing call the American Dream. To me the American Dream is all based on a Balance of Life. If your existence in this world was balance and everything that took place in it was stable, you will live not a good but great life. Not having too much or too little of something is a balance life. I say having too much money is a great thing because in this world, the more money you have, the more power you have to do anything that will please your body, mind, and soul. Including your love ones too. This to me is my view of the American Dream, which I would love to have someday in my future.
I believe you don’t have to be born in the United Sates to be a citizen of America; you just have to love or show respect towards the nation you are in. I live in the most diverse city in the nation according to Time Magazine. We are all in a way citizens of this nation here in Sacramento, but our diversity is what makes us all shines the brightest. Like all of the other different cultures here, I am Hmong but I am also American. You put those two main words together and you get me, Hmong American. And proud of it!