Taiwanese Americans (Multicultural America:)
An interview with Taiwanese American Su-Chu Hadley highlights the dramatic changes in life that immigration to America sometimes poses. Su-Chu was raised in the mid-twentieth century on the densely populated island of Taiwan. Born of poor parents, she was put up for adoption only to join yet another family in poverty. Laboring in agricultural fields as a youngster, she later worked for a Taiwanese family cooking meals, washing clothes and performing other duties. Discovering that similar work for American families could earn a lot more money, Su-Chu learned English and became employed as a housekeeper and cook for an American family.
Despite an ill-fated romance with an American soldier, Su-Chu still hoped to leave Taiwan for the United States, and she took a job as a waitress in an American officers' club. There she met an American civilian whom she eventually married, and they had two children. In 1964, when their children were ready for school, Su-Chu and her family moved to northern California, a common destination for many Taiwanese. Most Taiwanese Americans arrived well educated professionals establishing strong support networks, but Su-Chu, married to an American, was less reliant on such systems. Reflecting the high value of education held by Taiwanese, Su-Chu explained the children would have far better educational and employment opportunities in the United States....
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