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SB Woo on Naturalization

已有 522 次阅读2022-7-4 23:36 |个人分类:美国华人|系统分类:转帖-知识

Introduction

    I like to be so bold as to urge the 2nd & 3rd generations of AsAm immigrants to read this e-newsletter. They may understand the deep implicit emotion of their elders better, after reading it. Hopefully, it'll bring the generations closer.

Meaning of Naturalization

    On the day of my naturalization, I had deep internal conflicts, The enlightening words, shown below, of the presiding judge in that naturalization ceremony, Vincent Bifferato, helped me understand what being a naturalized citizen was all about. He said,

"Future Fellow Citizens of the U.S.A.,
 
    You probably harbor a mixed feeling today. You may be happy because you wanted to be a U.S. citizen, and today you've achieved this goal. On the other hand, you may also be sad, because you may feel that you are saying good-bye to all that you once identify with - the people back in your old country, whose hopes and dreams you've shared. You may even be distraught, because years ago when you first came to this country, you thought you were getting an education or a career to later go back to help your people. Now you feel that you are saying good-bye to that part of your dream.

    Let me assure you that you don't need to stop caring or helping the people in your old country. If one ceremony, like the one today, can make you turn your back on the people you once deeply cared, then the U.S. doesn't want you as a citizen. The U.S. is a greater nation than that. America, a nation of immigrants, knows that people, who can turn their backs on their people instantly after one ceremony today, can turn their back on Americans after another ceremony in the future. Instant loyalty doesn't imply good citizenship. Take your time to know your new country. Experience America's core value of liberty, justice and equal opportunity. I feel certain that you will get to like America and perhaps love it. America is not perfect, and it will need your input and tender-loving care to help make America "a more perfect union", as our forefathers had urged. .... Please raise your right hand, ....

    Fellow citizens: Now that you are each a citizen of your new country, you owe your primary allegiance to America. However, you can continue to care and help people in your old country. Welcome. Good luck to all of you."

American forefathers' deep understanding of human nature

    Judge Bifferato & I became friends after I entered Delaware politics. One day I thanked him again for the above speech. He smiled and said,

    "Most naturalized citizens became less conflicted hearing what I had to say. However, naturalized citizens are not getting a free pass. Our framers imposed "an explicit and implicit political tax" on new citizens like you. The explicit tax is that a naturalized citizen cannot be the president or the V.P. of the U.S.A. The implicit tax is that most voters naturally examine political candidates who are 1st generation immigrants more closely."

    I was impressed to no end by Bifferato's insight into our framers's understanding of human nature, of both the natural-born and naturalized citizens. That is how statesmen create win-win situations for America. Do we
have such statesmen nowadays?

Naturalized Citizens Should Know

    (a) Some folks change citizenship to derive advantages that come with the citizenship, without shifting their primary allegiance. If we want America to be fair with us, we must be fair with America.

    (b) This is a very tough time for Chinese Americans owing to the rising tension between the U.S. and China. Stand firm. Don't give up an inch of your rightsTogether with 80-20, we shall win our battles. An example is Prof. Anming Hu's case*.

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