American Dream: Stories of Southern Immigration
For many who journey to America, the American Dream and the possible opportunities the 50 states offer is a risk worth taking to seek refuge within the borders of the United States, and more specifically, the South.
Even though the thoughts of freedom, justice, and equality motivated them to come to the U.S., the journey to the deep South was not an easy one for Lien Beale (formerly Hoang), Irene Schulé-Hebert and Angela Rodriguez.
“We had no choice but to flee the country,” said Beale. “[My family and I] left in the middle of the night (sneaking out as to not get caught), enticing a local fisherman to take us as far as he could on his boat.”
The Hoangs, along with 100 others, joined a boatload of passengers aboard a 48’ fishing vessel that departed from Nam Binh, Vietnam towards the promises awaiting them in America, promises that ensure citizens are never deterred/prevented from speaking freely, practicing their religion openly, and congregating for change. These are promises that guarantee America is a country for the people, by the people.