(READ AS PREFACE: “Many U.S. Immigrants’ Children Seek American Dream Abroad”)
You study, you work hard, you get your citizenship, you’re golden. You have a chance.
You have opportunities. You have a nuclear family. You’re on top of the world. You build yourself up. You network. You graduate at the top of your class. You’re smart. You get a job. You get promoted. You move to the suburbs. You buy a house. You have two kids. You spoil them. You let them live. You help them. You teach them. You tell them they’ll understand “one day.” They grow up fast. They grow up. They leave home.
Life was. Life is.
Preschool. Suburbia. Elementary School. Junior High. High School. College. Move out. First job.
What is there to return to back home? Is there any point in going back? Is there anything? What have you been doing with your life out here? Who are your friends? Who are you family members? (Can you call your Grandmother and say hello?) Who is your new family? What is family? Do you like this life you’re living? What does success look like? Are you successful? (Are you happy?) What are you doing over there? What would you be doing over there? Why don’t you go back? (You’re never coming back, are you?) What’s so special about it? (How’s work?) What do you care about? Who do you care about? What are your priorities? Where are you going? Are you being selfish? (Where do you see yourself in 10 years?) Will you stay around here? Whatisgoingon?! Are you making the most of your time? Who are you real friends? Why aren’t you answering me? (When can we Skype?) What are you doing this weekend? (When are we hanging out again?) When are we hanging out again? (How was your weekend?) How was your weekend? What’s the matter with you? What matters to you?
Is there any point?