A Budding Rose
Children of first generation immigrants are faced with unique, albeit not uncommon, difficulties trying to intergrate into the American culture while perserving their own.This is my personal story of the struggles I encountered having parents, especially a father, who were strick, overbearing, but, above all, abusive.This experience led to so many bad choices in life, including a bad marriage which ultimately ended in a divorce. It's my story of perservernce, courage, survival, and, above all, hope that even under the most painful circumstances we can beat all odds.
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The Early Years
What Did I Do?
Different Strokes for Different Folks
A Singer or When I Grow Up
I Want to Sing
Lost Loves and Lost Opportunities
To Have and to Hold
What Didnt I Do?
Reflections on My Father
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