最后去做工，来了两三天就去打工。到衣厂去打工很辛苦。晚上要做到十几点回家。十一二点还没有饭吃！回家还要做饭，还要洗衣服。真的很累，美国很累。你看孩子三个孩子要读，他们也不会做的。 晚上十几点回去煮饭还要洗衣服，什么都要搞是不是啊？白天去上班回到家里 腰痛死了！爬不起来，躺在床上是我老公把我拉起来。很痛，这个腰啊！老板还要骂你，我们不会做吗。不会做老板还骂: “你做什么？你这个赚的钱能吃吗？你有钱买东西吃吗?” 不会做没办法。没人教啊！我们也没有亲戚，也没有朋友在这里是不是啊。到衣场不会做！老板还要骂你，你还要受气。哎呀回到家，我就哭啊！哎呀，为什么要来到美国呀？哎呀，是我老公移民把我弄出来的！我说不是移民，我根本就不道美国来。真么辛苦！
Xiao Bi: I came from Fuzhou
Hi everyone, I’m from the province of Fujian in China. I’d like to share a bit about my experience coming to the United States. When I first arrived in the U.S., looking down at the city lights from the airplane, I thought the lights in the U.S. were especially beautiful. When we actually landed and arrived at our home, my god, the place was so small. One room housed about a dozen people, top to bottom. I thought, how was this what the U.S. was like? In the mainland we thought that America was like heaven, when we arrived we realized it was hell.
Within a few days, I went to find work. My time at the garment factory was especially difficult. I worked until 10pm, some nights even until midnight, and I’d still need to eat. I’d come back home and still had to make dinner, do laundry – it was exhausting. America was exhausting. Our three kids needed to study, they couldn’t work. I needed to do everything. I’d go to work during the day and come home with such intense back pain! I wouldn’t be able to get up. I’d lay in bed and my husband would pull me up. Such incredible pain.
Our boss at the factory would yell at us. We didn’t know how to do our jobs. He’d yell, “What are you doing? Can you even make a living like this? Do you have enough money to buy food?” We didn’t know how to do it. No one trained us! And we had no relatives or even friends here. When our boss would berate us, I’d run home and sob. Why did we even come to the U.S.? It was my husband who brought us here. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have come. It was exhausting!
Of course, I wanted to go back to Fujian. But my children were so young…forget it, I’d think. After a few years at the garment factory, I started a new job at a restaurant. I worked at the restaurant for 10 years..that was also difficult. I was so tired. I had to chop vegetables, chop meat, and I also had to carry large buckets of food. I was constantly running around! Absolutely exhausting. Being in the U.S. is exhausting.
But my children? They’re older now. They all run their own businesses and start-ups. And my husband and I? We’re retired. We’re just happily living out our golden years. The U.S. government isn’t too bad to us. The elderly receive food assistance and benefits to use. It’s alright, it’s alright. Life is alright now.