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JiYun Kang k_jiyun@yahoo.com EWRT2 Essay#3 Title: I can still remember the day when I stepped on the plane all by myself, leaving my family and friends behind me. I firmly bit my lower lip to control my emotions as I was saying good-bye to my parents and my little brother. I can still vividly recall the scene where my parents were standing behind me with their eyes welled up in tears as I turned back for one last time before walking through entrance gate. Even my father’s eyes were in mist. So, I began my journey in the U.S. I looked down the clouds and the minimized buildings on the land. As the bright sunshine emerged through the windows, I could realize again where I was and where I was heading to. America! I came to America, having full of the American dream. The United States of America is the land of the free, the land of opportunity, and the wealthiest country in the world. In Perfume Dreams , Andrew Lam especially expressed freedom of America. He writes, “America has become, to the Vietnamese, the symbol of freedom and happiness” (93). I agree with Andrew Lam that to be an American, typically means that one values the freedom to chase the American dream, however, it needs at a high cost. (Thesis?) When Americans' forefathers established the American Constitution, they held the beliefs that all citizens of the U.S. should have the basic freedoms and rights, equality and security. These basic beliefs laid the foundation for our country. These ideas are still in use today. If Americans did not have basic freedoms and rights, then their government would not have been a democratic country. Some of these freedoms include freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. The stated ideas are some of the core values that run rampant in our country today. If Americans do not exercise these rights their country will not succeed or grow. For example, if a person is given the right to vote and they do not vote during the election period, then they are not exercising their right to vote and therefore not benefit our country. If this would happen on a large scale, then laws and other bills would be passed on the decision of a small amount of people. How does one define freedom? The Oxford English Dictionary gives about a dozen useful definitions that each pertain to one of a variety of the aspects of the human state. One referred specifically to the political freedoms of an individual: “Exemption from arbitrary, despotic, or autocratic control; independence; civil liberty.” Another definition concerned the spiritual freedom found in Christianity: “fig. Liberation from the bondage of sin.” There was another that defined freedom as “Physics. Capability of motion. degree
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course EWRT 2 taught by Professor Brennan during the Spring '09 term at DeAnza College.

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