One of many stories
Raul Romasanta petitioned alongside with his brothers by their father to come to America. It took about 3 years to get an approval for a visa number. Him and his brothers all got approved and were on their way to America as soon as they got approved. They hopped on a plane to travel to a place in what their future had to offer. Sacrifices were made when my father had to leave his mom, friends, and family to live a better life with better opportunities.
Living Life in America
The language barrier was one of the most difficult struggles when Raul first came to America. He used to record his voice to make sure he was pronouncing words correctly. He would listen to popular music, wear clothes that were in trend, and mimic how everyone else acted to blend in as a normal American teenager. This new lifestyle made him learn more about America and it's government. He learned more about being an American, and was fascinated by the fact that we have rights, and freedom. Raul stated that" I am grateful for immigrating to America because if I would've stayed in the Philippines I would not be as successful and happy as I would be today."
Comparing Raul Romasanta's Story to China/Southern/Eastern Europe's Immigration Story
Raul Romasanta had a similar goal. He wanted a better life and to escape a destiny of not having a successful life. His main goal was to start a family and to provide his kids privileges that he couldn't get growing up. Raul's childhood was rocky, living in poor conditions made him more determined to change his life around.
Here is a picture of my dad visiting his old high school that he grew up at when he first moved to America! At this place, he went through struggles in learning a new language, making new friends, and overall adapting to a new atmosphere.
"Living in America has given me a family to love. One of my goals in moving to America was building an amazing family of my own and to give them everything they need in being successful. I wouldn't trade anything in the world seeing my family happy."- Raul Romasanta
My dad has sacrificed a lot in order to live a better life. He knew the difficult decisions that had to be made to have an education. He worked and pushed through that era of time and now is successfully living his life with a stable job, wife and 3 kids.