New to the country

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dont, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    Heres an Email that I received and presents a view of someone who came to this country.

    Too bad some of our " natural born" citizens don't feel this way.

    The difference between legal and illegal.

    This is something everyone in America should read.

    It looks like we did some good after all!

    On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:

    Start quote:
    35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I'd laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I'd rather speak to you as an American.

    If you hadn't noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people. I am a proud U.S. citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it.

    I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can't even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.

    35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the U.S. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God.

    If you haven't heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.

    This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn't know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.

    In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can't remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.

    Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here.

    One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don't know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

    You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn't just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here.

    Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can't speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages - last I looked on the Internet, there wasn't a Vietnamese translation of the U.S. Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It's not easy, but if it's too easy, it's not worth doing.

    Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.

    At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.

    Quang Nguyen
    Creative Director/Founder
    Caddis Advertising, LLC
    "God Bless America”
    "One Flag, One Language, One Nation Under God"

    For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

    For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible
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  2. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Those Vietnamese we took to the US after the fall of sigon are more American than a lot of Americans and they definitely have a proper response to communism.
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  3. BlueDuck

    BlueDuck Monkey+++

    Your right. Everyone should read this...
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  4. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    The Vietnamese that I know or have worked with are hard working nice people, I've never met one that was an ahole to me.
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  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    I work with an Older Gentleman from Vietnam who came here after the Fall of Saigon, he is the kindest, gentleness, most hard working person I know, and darn funny too. He has a lot of very enlightening insights he is all to willing to share. Great people that know the value of citizenship better then a lot of folks born into it with there hands out expectantly!!!
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  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

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  7. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Here on the Mountain, It's required for employment! All staff must be a U.S. Citizen, or in Que for citizenship with documentation, and must speak clear and passable English as well as read and write in English! Even at the Hospital where my Wife works, they are required to speak, read, and write in English! She had to take some crash courses in English when she got offered the job, and to her credit, she learned it pretty quickly. And I taught her all the essential cuss words and red neck slang every Monkey worth any thing should be fluent in!
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  8. TXKajun

    TXKajun Monkey+++

    I'm sure we'll be hearing similar stories from our Muslim"immigrants" any day now. *sarcasm off*
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  9. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Not Likely! Assuming they live long enough, they will certainly learn what a bunch of pizzed of "Mericans are capable of!
  10. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    He sounds like a Trump supporter. I'm surprised that Obummer didn't deport him!
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