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Tactics for Success, No. 7

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperbackMargaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be. We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

7. Be positive, think positive, act positive.

I was denied my foreign student visa three times before I was finally approved. That was only after my parents had begged one of their rich friends to sign for me, guaranteeing my living expenses in the United States in spite of my scholarship to the university. I am still friends with my sponsor to this day. In fact, their granddaughter, Karen Chang, is now in law school and had clerked for our firm prior to returning to school. She also contributed to this book. Hopefully, she will become a lawyer at my firm one day.

Some people may view us with suspicion or even hostility, but that is mostly because of their ignorance and assumptions based on our looks and accents. Once we show them who we really are, they will understand to look past appearances and may even be less prejudiced when looking at other immigrants.

As foreign countries become wealthier, America will have fewer foreigners like us who have no status and are willing to work hard for very little money. If we leave, who will do our work here? Of course, I am only day dreaming, because the thought of me leaving this beloved country of mine is ridiculous.