My family and I immigrated to NYC, USA in 1996 from Hong Kong when I was 7 years old. To me, I didn’t know what was going on except now I live in a cold snowy place. We know English just a little bit but acclimating to the culture was tough, especially for my mom.
By default, she ended up working at a sweat shop sewing buttons together for less than 3 cent per button. My mom did this probably for 7–8 years until the sweat shop businesses in NYC started to dwindle. She then worked at a laundry mat folding cloths for minimum wage. She overheard she was going to get lay off because the laundry mat was not getting enough business.
She took a chance, self-employed, didn’t speak a lick of English, and started cleaning apartments. Going into strangers’ houses and being a cleaning lady. My mom does chores around the house, so she is familiar with chores, but she had to gradually learn how to communicate in English, find clients, make business cards, have the courage to find work in a foreign place, and basically learning how to survive. She became an entreprenuer out of necessity to support her 3 kids who were all going to college and with bills to pay.
Overall, she inspired me the strength of being a parent. My mom is a big part of my life. She shaped our household. She did everything she can to support me so I can try to become an entreprenuer too. Everyday I look to her as example of hard work and determination.