My Vietnamese Family Essay

925 words - 4 pages

An unknown author once said, "Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts. My family is the most important aspect to my life. No matter how much they sometimes pester or annoy me I still love them. I do not think people can live through life without the support of family. My family mostly supports me throughout all my actions, and they make me laugh. I do not really think I resemble either my mom or dad. They both had very difficult lives growing up, and I do not think I will ever experience that. Before there was me, there were my parents whose struggle against communism led them to the United States to find the life they deserved.
Growing up my parents both lived in the poor country of Vietnam. My mom lived in the city, and my dad lived in a small town. My dad had seven sisters and one brother. My mom had a smaller family of one sister and brother. Not surprisingly, school was an important part of life in Vietnam. However, the technology was a great deal less advance than America’s technology now. There was not a lot of time for fun and games. There were only simple games to play to pass time such as jacks, cards, or jump rope. Listening to music was also popular. My parents played soccer and also explored along the rivers, bridges, and lakes.
However, when communist rule threatened to take control in South Vietnam, my parents did not like this at all. My parents despise communism and all that it "stands for." They did not like the ideas. So during the Vietnam War many people decided to make a hard choice—to leave Vietnam and escape. This was easier said then done. My dad tried to escape once but was caught. Afterwards he was put in jail and beaten. He stayed for a few days, but the conditions in Vietnamese prisons are absolutely horrid. It is contaminated and filthy. There are not even proper toilets, rather holes in the ground. My mom, however, disguised herself as a news reporter and sneaked aboard a ship. My dad had another chance, and he finally escaped on a row boat. Soon both my parents ended up in California. They met and got married together.
My parents made the choice to escape Vietnam not only because of Communist rule but due to the fact that there are not a lot of opportunities in Vietnam. They wanted to live somewhere else that would give them a good...

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