During time of COVID, immigrants are making choices they have to live with
It has been many years since I started to feel like I am slipping away from my culture. I recognized that this is going to be a long and continuous process. So while I reflect, why don’t I start with some observations I had over the years on the unique quirks that make America, well, America.
As early as I could remember, I’ve hated my Chinese name. It was a completely masculine name. I felt my female identity was challenged. Growing up, I constantly dealt with people’s surprised reaction towards my name.
If you are a foreign national who has been working in the U.S. for a few years and plan to stay here for the long term, getting a green card is probably the single most important thing to do. Regardless of the type of visa you currently hold, it is only a temporary status and once it runs out, you will be staying in the U.S. illegally.