Strength, Love, and Sacrifice: My Refugee Family 

Tam Duong — Los Angeles, CA 

This picture was taken during the Lunar New Year. My parents did not have much growing up but they always made sure my brother and I had new clothes and shoes to wear during the new year for good luck.

My parents came to the U.S. as refugees after the Viet Nam war. I grew up in California, a place with a large number of Asian immigrants now, but I remember learning about a time when Govenor Jerry Brown tried to block Vietnamese refugees from entering because California had high unemployment. Brown thought there were “too many Hispanics, too many people on welfare.” My family was displaced from their native land because of war and instead of acceptance there was the same anti-immigrant rhetoric going on then as now. History repeats, which is why I stand in solidarity with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who came to this country for better opportunities. 

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