娟英的美国旅程

我是江苏,长乐过来的。我叫娟英。我是在2001年的时候,从中国江苏省这到美国, 来休息了几天, 我就去到那个宾州去打餐馆工,那个对真的很辛苦,很辛苦。好像地狱一样的,早上早上出去偷着去,晚上偷着回来,那个时候真的很辛苦,我一天做两份工,一份是卡台,一份是做寿司。

那个时候工资才一千几百块钱一个月,那是很辛苦的,后来慢慢的慢慢的,我外出晚了一次,那后来我就转到佛罗里达, 佛罗里达做了7年,那个差不多做了7年, 也是做两份工。那个时候工资涨到二千四。后来慢慢我还想拿政府楼,我就改为那个做那个护理, 在这边做护理,再申请到政府楼,后来我就一直做到退休。就是这样,美国是我现在退休了,我觉得很幸福,也是很好的,那个做的时候呢也是比较辛副的,也很辛苦。来了有点后悔,但是现在也不后悔了。

宾州做餐馆。做了7年过来开始考公民考公民,我也做一点,后来我就学英语,再去做护理,慢慢慢慢考到公民了。后来我就不在这里做护理,这二十四个小时,我真被那征服了。二十四个小时, 就在这栋楼啊! 一周是二十四小时做的。那个二十一号那个亚洲的一个老太太,那就做到退休嘛,后来她走掉了,后来我就转到那边八十四街一个那个北京来的,做十二个小时,早上九点到晚上九点,做到后来这个新冠病毒开始, 发的时候我就开始退休了,在二零二零年的三月份退休,都过了,也很辛苦的很辛苦的。二十四个小时才拿十三个小时工資,那就是我们做的这些七塊一毛五, 二十四个小时,后来加到是一毛五。 

晚上有 [休息时间], 晚上有睡觉的。要那个老太太实在小便了, 你要跟着她.一會兒吃东西了,你要拿給她。他客厅里面专门有張床给我们护理的。

在美国做了,现在有二十多年了。2001年过来的。

Juan Ying’s American Journey

I’m from Chang Le in JiangSu, China. I’m Juan Ying. K! I came to the United States in 2001. After a few days of rest, I went to work at a restaurant in Pennsylvania. Restaurant work was difficult, very difficult. It was like hell. I would leave early in the morning and come back late at night. I worked two jobs! At that time, my salary was only a little over a grand a month. Eventually, I moved to Florida where I worked for 7 years –  I also had two jobs there. My salary then rose to 2,400 a month. I really wanted to live in the senior government apartments so I switched to working as a home attendant and applied. I got the apartment and worked until retirement. 

Now that I’m retired, I feel that I’ve been very fortunate and very happy here in the U.S. But when I was working, it felt incredibly hard. I had some regrets about coming here. But now that I’m retired, I have none. 

After working for 7 years, I went back to NYC to study for my citizenship exam. I also worked a bit. I learned English and then worked as a home attendant. After I got my citizenship, I stopped working as a home attendant here. I had to work 24 hours straight, just right here in this building! The old lady I was taking care of passed away, so I was switched to a different lady on 84th Street. A lady from Beijing. I worked 12 hours straight for her, from 9am to 9pm. 

I worked until the new coronavirus disease hit. I retired exactly in March of 2020. It was very hard. We worked 24 hours straight for 13 hours of pay – $7.15 an hour. There’s some “rest” time during the night but if the lady needed to get up to use the bathroom, you had to accompany her. If she wanted something to eat, you had to get it for her. 

I worked in the United States for over 20 years. 2001 was when I came. 

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