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Chinas nice but AmericaAmericas supposed to be better That line is one of the first words uttered by my interviewee When I asked him why his family moved here that was his response The thing that us Americans need to understand is each person has a story hisher family has a story one which probably includes hardships and joyous events but we all have one maybe thats what makes America so beautiful James Tong Chen that is my full name I am an eighteen-year old college freshman My family moved here from Hong Kong twelve years ago I am six feet tall and weigh a hundred and seventy five pounds I am fair skinned and have short black hair with remanence or red from my last hair-coloring escapade So far what you know about me means little To understand me you have to dig into my family history once you learn about them youll have a much better understanding of who I am My grandfather from my mothers side was a doctor in mid-1900s China He served for the army as a doctor When the war hit home he still hadnt been married and so decided to aid in the war effort As he left his familys home he didnt realize that would be the last time he would ever see them He liked his work and got deeper and deeper into the war He was treating casualties of war everyday When he finally received word that his family had been killed while trying to escape their home he was infuriated but being an almost thirty-year-old man with no one to go to he kept working He followed the troops everywhere and gave all of his time that was possible to the army Eventually as WWII ended my great grandfather settled down in mainland China and continued working as a doctor at a hospital At around this time he was in his early thirties
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