photo: Lissa Soep
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For many immigrants, this financial crisis is the enemy of accomplishing the American Dream
. My family’s story is a little bit different than other immigrants struggling to make ends meet. We’ve been in America 13 years, and we’re in a more comfortable position than most. But there is one thing we have in common with newer immigrants. The land of opportunity has suddenly become workaholic-landia.My family consists of four members with a minimum of two jobs each but with the economy getting worse each day it’s gone to three jobs each. There are times I come home from work angry because I haven’t slept and I’m too tired to sit down and talk.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not made of armor. I’d just want to be a kid again and not have to worry about next month’s bills. But I know this struggle is part of my dad’s dream of seeing his kids be successful in the long run. I know my dad’s tough love is what’s getting us through these hectic times, and through the bumpy roads of "workaholic-landia".p>