58 letters on the American Dream from San Marcos University students, San Diego, California, USA
letter 26: Kimberly Hutchins


GEL Homework

Writing to the Germans

1. I am German, Irish, and Scottish. My father’s father is full German, he moved here when he was about 5 with his parents. My father’s mother is half Irish, and she was born here in the United States. Her mother and father had moved here a couple years before they had her. On the other side of my family, my mother’s father was full Scottish and so was his mother. So I am a mix of German, Irish, and Scottish which in the United States is looked at as white, or Caucasian. My grandpa has always to me that his parents moved here looking for jobs and for more freedom.

2. I've lived in Southern California for my whole life; I was born and raised here. I love living here because it's full of opportunities and it's so diverse. Southern California has so much diversity that it's hard to call one population a minority. I don't believe I've ever felt any type of racial discrimination, but I know it's out there. I know that there is a lot of racial discrimination toward one another in the population of Southern California but I believe that there is everywhere you go in the United States. Southern California has less than other states where racial tension first emerged. Living in Southern California has opened me up to so many different opportunities in my life and has made me a very successful person. It has a way of making you feel like you can become anything you want to be.

3. This picture represents so much especially here in Southern California. It’s portrays that America is so sunny and beautiful and that it’s so much better than where they are coming from. We are known for our independence and our opportunities that some countries have never experienced and some will never. This picture to me is very powerful because living in North County of San Diego, there are a lot of immigrants coming in from the south. But, growing up in Southern California we are taught to except everyone because it’s so diverse. This picture shows me what it’s like for the immigrants looking to move to the United States. I guess having grown up here and not knowing much else, I’ve taken advantage of the world that I live in and haven’t realized how good I really have it.