Some three hundred odd years ago, a few brave souls ventured to travel on perilous seas something that most of us would wish for, a second chance. They wanted a clean slate, a fresh start, and a chance to live out dreams that they thought were impossible from where they came from. They bought with them only the necessities to survive in a new and uncharted world. However, they carried within themselves things that were far more important that axes and gunpowder.
They carried in their hearts the ambition that started the fire for this proud nation and the ingenuity that feeds flame. These pioneers embodied the ideals that we now hold so dear: courage, freedom, ingenuity, perseverance and the unique this-is-who-we-are-so-deal-with-it attitude that makes each and every one of us put our hands to our hearts when hear about that “The Star-Spangled Banner”!Today, the United States leads the world on the economic, military and political front. It offers billions of opportunities to billions of people all over the world because it has taken the ideals of those early immigrants to heart. We cheer courage, preserve freedom, value ingenuity, applaud perseverance and love attitude of America! However, there are some aspects of the inception of this great nation that has blurred in our memories.
How easily we forget that when these men and women first came to American shores they were not the domestics but the immigrants! These people came from backgrounds as diverse as the colors on Andy Warhol’s paintings but were united in their desire for the promise of a better life, the American dream.When you look at me, you can see that I come from a different background. I have Asian skin, Asian stature and Asian features but I am no less American from any of you.
That’s because America is not a monochrome picture but a palette of bright and different colors that come together to create a masterpiece of a picture. People from all over the world view America just like those settlers that built this country. They see America as a land of freedom, equality and opportunity. I can tell you that once you see the pictures of remote Chinese villages and hear stories about the policies of the Chinese government, it will not be a stretch of your imagination to realize why my parents and I are here in America. We are here not only because we were searching for brighter horizons, greener pastures, but because we believe in the ideals of this nation. We believe that we can become a beautiful color on this palette. We believe that I only we try, the promise for a golden opportunity that is the American life. We believe, that standing firmly on American soil, we can make ourselves part of the American dream.
And, I know that each and every one of you, believe the same thing because America is all about second chances.