Although I have lived most of my life in the United States as a legal permanent resident, I did not become a US citizen until 2017. Having recently gone through the naturalization process for U.S. citizenship, I cannot begin to imagine how daunting it must be for so many new arrivals or even those who have been in this country for years. Our family is involved with an organization called Advancing Justice, which works on civil rights and immigration rights for Los Angeles and Orange County.
They conduct a monthly citizenship workshop throughout Orange County, partnering with various non-profit, community organizations. They provide legal aides and attorneys, with bi-lingual services, to assist in the paperwork free of charge. During one of the citizenship workshops during this holiday season, my daughter and a friend helped Advancing Justice organize a toy drive for the families that attended the holiday workshop. A Los Angeles Times report had attended several of their workshops, as she worked on a story of the recent flux of Asians becoming citizens. Since I had participated and acquired my citizenship with the help of this great, and much needed program, I sat down for an interview with the reporter about my motivations and experiences on becoming a U.S. citizen. Click on the link below to read the article!