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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Family from Korea is Thankful

Hat tip to f22strike over at United Conservatives of Virginia.

There is a story that I have heard that I don't know if it is anecdotal or not that goes as such.

A collage graduate came home to help his father with the family business. Under the cash register he found two boxes. One had bills in it, the other receipts. After inquiry he discovered that his father was using an archaic accounting system.

"Dad, how can you tell if you are making a profit with this system?" He asked.

"Well son, when I came to this country with your other I had a shirt, two pairs of pants and five dollars. I have this business, a house here in town and one in the country, your sister is a doctor and you have just graduated from business school. Subtract the shirt, two pairs of pants and five dollars and that is my profit."

In Richmond, VA, Sung Do Kim is living out this very story.

"Thanks for God, America, the Pilgrim Fathers -- and all Indians," said family patriarch Sung Do Kim, smiling.

Sung Do Kim and his wife, Sang Soon Ro Kim, came to the U.S. from Korea in 1998, seeking better education for their two children.

"My dad always tells me this is an opportunity land," said their daughter, Bong Sun. "Work hard to achieve whatever I plan to do."...

... The story of the Kims' struggle to make their way in a strange land underlines the social power of strong family and strong faith in a tough world.

"I believe God really exists," said 21-year-old Bong Sun, "because we started out with not even a penny. We had nothing, and now we have a store."

Bong Sun is a student at Bon Secours' nursing school, while her 23-year-old brother, Hyung Joo, is a biology student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

I usually go through the Times-Dispatch but somehow missed this article.

This nation's dynamic strength stems directly from the immigrants who come here to exercise the freedom unavailable elsewhere. They came to be Americans not just take what America had to offer.

Today there are those who see no difference in legal and illegal immigration. They wish to allow anyone who chooses to do so to come and live and enjoy the full benefits of America without the obligation or responsibility of citizenship. Even more curious is their willingness to offer citizenship in spite of their first act in coming here was to break our law. Just coming to work is not enough, but like the Kim's, respect for the law of the adopted nation is the beginning becoming part of that nation. They have the promise of America because they earned it.


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