May 24, 2011
Colin Cahill (Thu 09:00 - 09:50)
What is your name?
Michelle Hanbyeol Kim
How old are you?
29. Born in April 20
Tell me about your family members.
One younger brother, mother, father, step mother, step father, step brothers,
step sister, one adapted sister.
When did you come to the United States?
Age 16, 1998, do not know specific date.
What country did you come from?
What made you want to come to the US?
Need better education since Korea has terrible education.
Parents forced me to go to the US.
Need better job.
Can benefit in the future.
More choice for marriage. (variety of men)
Learn English for future. (Her father’s business, Travel to China)
What was the main reason for coming to the US?
When she was 14, her parents got divorced. Her father insisted to raise her, but
after a year, her mother got remarried to an American guy. Her mother
decided to take the rights to raise her daughter. Michelle finally started to live
with her mother when she was 16. Because her mother and her step father had
American citizenships, Michelle was able to earn her citizenship. She could
get her citizenship before she turns 18, so as soon as she got back with her
mother, her parents decided to send her to the US. (For citizenship)
What were your relatives’ -in your country- reactions?
As soon as they heard about her immigration, her relatives were supporting her
and were jealous about this fact. In Korea, it is opportunity to go to the US
since there were IMF going on at that time, and also America was seen as a
country with opportunity, which many of countries still sees it. Her original
father side’s aunts and uncles were being very nice because they thought that
she would become a successful person if she goes to the US.
How did you feel when you first came to the US?
Since she was able to practice my English with her step father and she was
going to an international middle and high school, she was not scared to go to
the US. However, she could not stop shaking after the airplane took off. She
felt fear because she had to leave with her younger brother. Her parents were
in no condition to leave Korea yet, so she was charged in taking care of
everything including meeting new people in new area, filling up the forms in
English, talking to Americans and etc. Although she was very confident and
ready for the immigration, she felt uneasiness and fear as soon as she