I don’t think people realize just how much we 1st generation immigrants take our oath of citizenship seriously. It’s not an idle thing when we swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We who have seen what the world looks like without an America have a responsibility to tell our fellow citizens how precious that is.
Such was the case last week when my friend Quang Nguyen spoke up about his objections to teaching Critical Race Theory in public schools. Quang Nguyen is a freshman in the Arizona House of Representatives serving District LD-1.
Quang is what journalist and war crimes investigator Hollie McKay would call a survivor. According to Quang, life before America looked like this,
“A week before Saigon fell, my father took my brother and me to a gate at the Tan Son Nhut airport, pointed to an American C-130, and told us to get on. He handed us a small bag of clothing and some photos while he explained we may never see our family again. I was 12-1/2 years old. We loaded the plane with hundreds of other people, and I found a place to sit on the cold steel floor, not knowing where I was going. We went first to Subic Bay, then to Guam, then Travis AFB, Camp Pendleton, and finally to a refugee camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Four months later, by the grace of God, I was overjoyed to be reunited with my family in San Joaquin Valley, California. My American dream had begun.
I taught myself English and graduated high school. I was offered free lunches but chose to work as a janitor for $2.75 an hour to pay my own way. Despite my guidance counselor telling me that I was “not college material,” I enrolled at Long Beach State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts while working a full-time job to pay my bills.”
A month ago, Quang made headlines lambasting fellow Arizona legislator Daniel Hernandez (D-LD2) for suggesting that communism isn’t
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