My name is Agnesmayasari Dang Dang and I am an Architecture student at Southern Poly State University in Marietta, Georgia. As the daughter of proud Vietnamese immigrants, I was born in Indonesia , the floating emerald islands. The citizens of the United States of America are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because the USA is a free country. Freedom is an honor and privilege that some people take for granted. For my parents (Dang and Rose Truong) and their families, the pursuit of freedom and happiness is their American dream.
However, their respective journeys to freedom and establishing roots in a new country were not easy. My family and I are very happy living out our American dream in Lilburn. My parents have fulfilled their American dream of having the freedom to choose their occupations and provide financial security for our family to enjoy life fully and happily. Now my sisters and I will continue to study hard in school so that we can pursue any opportunities that interest us. One of our interests is to maintain our Vietnamese heritage even though we live in America. My family and I are very proud of our Vietnamese heritage and we keep it alive by speaking the language at home, watching Vietnamese entertainment shows, eating traditional Vietnamese foods, attending Mass at a Vietnamese Baptist church, and participating in Vietnamese cultural events. So we are very thankful to be living in the United States of America, a free country that not only offers many opportunities, but also allows us the freedom to celebrate our Vietnamese heritage. May God continue to bless America indeed!