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America, My Home

Feng C.
Brighton High School, Rochester, NY
Sponsoring Station: WXXI, Rochester, New York

I grew up in China and accepted Chinese education from my childhood. Two years ago, I still lived in China, but everything is changing now, because I am living in America. I just left my beautiful memories in China. The two countries are totally different in look, shape and color. After I lived in America for couple years, I noticed the lifestyles similarity and differences from each other.

There are many immigrants in America who came from different countries with different cultures. However, people changed their opinions during different periods. People's value changed when they lived in America. At the beginning, I believed that everything is possible in America, because America society is so perfect. If I came to United States, I would be stronger and more successor. But I noticed that I was wrong, because Americans and Chinese people were same. America people and Chinese people all need to work hard to get successful. It is said that no pain, no gain. Whereever we go, people need to fight for their future.

However, people in China differ from people in United States. Chinese people are less busy than people in United States and Chinese people have more time for relaxing lifestyle. American tries to get a good job or a more expensive car and house. They gain these things through working harder and longer hours. In addition, Chinese people spend more time with their neighbors and family. When I was living in China, I knew all neighbors and children. However, America people are too busy to contact their family and friends. In America, I don't even know my next-door neighbor; they are so busy with their work.

Likewise, I was used to living in a big house in China, where everybody has plenty of space, like large bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and a big play rooms. Then behind the house, there was a huge garden with different kinds of flowers. When I open the door and I could see people walk through my house. I heard different noises from the street and super market. In America, there is a huge difference among the housing situations. For example, people lived in a small apartment for almost too much money.

In fact, I knew that life in America offers more opportunity than in China. People can be more successful of people work hard, so I had to give up the relaxed lifestyle than I was used to. I miss my country and comfortable lifestyle in China a lot, but I can't waste my time and I need to catch up with the new lifestyle. The United States is my new stage of life. I will always miss the place where I grew up, but I will try to make America my new home.

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