I’ve always admired her because of her strength, patience, bravery, but most of all, her hard work. During the years of communist quest for control power, many bloody battles broke out. Grandma and grandpa had witness many executions and interrogations of landowners, farmers, and religious priests by the communists. Grandpa often had to run and hide in the jungle or rice field leaving my grandma and the children behind. My grandma had to overcome her fear to tend for her family and my elder great grandparent. She alone had to run the farm and take care of the rice field to support the family. Grandma vowed to escape the communist regime.
Through the Geneva Convention was signed in 1954, millions of people from the north fled to south Vietnam, which is considered democracy. Grandma and grandma were among them. They travel on foot at night; they managed to get around check points and barricades. Their quest for freedom finally succeeds. She and grandpa reached Hai Phong Harbor where big ships waiting to make its journey to the south. As the communist take over the south in 1975, my grandma and grandpa once again left everything behind and escaped Vietnam in a small boat and came to the United States along with my grandpa, four uncles, two aunts and my mother.
My aunts and uncles’ ages range from two to fifteen years old at that time, and so as the breadwinners of the family, my grandma and grandpa took on many jobs to support the family. Life was hard because my grandma had to learn English as a second language, alongside with finding jobs that would require no prior knowledge, training, or education. During the day my grandma and grandpa worked for a high school and at night they walk in the freezing cold weather to school to learn English.
However according to Beteille (1964), inspite of socio-economic and political changes, family life and family structure have remained as an integral part of Indian society with the 'spirit of family solidarity' as the sustaining power. Ross (1961) found that many Indians went through changes in the type of family in which they lived in various sequences: large joint family, small joint family, ...
Yet to add on to the hardship, they had neither relative nor friend in America for support and comfort. She often reminded us of the quote “Living in the United States, you can be a free civilized person, but living in a country that’s control by communists, all human rights are being striped. ” The reason she told us this quote is so we wouldn’t take our freedom for granted. I admired my grandma because she overcomes all her challenges and hardships to develop a better and brighter future for the next generation to come.
She has always been here for me from the time I was born. Now that I am sixteen years old, I realized that I could not do it without her. She inspired me to hard work play a part in leaving home successfully and settling in a new place?">work hard in school so I can have a better life than her. No matter what path I take in life, I know she will support and guide me through the hard and difficult times. She has taught me to value life and never take it for granted. This essay is to let people know that if it wasn’t for grandma my family and I would not have a life we have today. She will always be my inspiration.