In 2000, Geliang and Shuying decided to make a difficult decision to move to the United States as a family in order to allow Geliang to pursue his career as a businessman and find a better life for the family.
Are we ready to do this?
Shuying and Geliang had to leave everything behind and commit a daunting task.
They were able to settle into an apartment in Chinatown, Brooklyn which is a vibrant neighborhood occupied by vast number of Chinese immigrants.
In 2002, they welcomed Emily Ye into the world and Shuying quit her job as a seamstress in order to become a stay at home mom.
Their immigration was a relatively peaceful and normal one. They did not face many instances of discrimination in Brooklyn, where they were surrounded by their culture and language.
This isn't so bad.
Eventually, Geliang was able to establish a small trading company centered around doing business with mostly other Chinese companies.
They were able to save enough money to move to another neighborhood, the Upper East Side, which was a large difference compared to Brooklyn. However, they felt it was the right decision and would give their daughters access to better schools and a secure neighborhood.
Since then, they have continued to live in the Upper East Side. They try their best to provide and raise their children.
It has been 18 years since her immigration and Shuying has adjusted to New York well with her family. She has been able to expand her friend circle and also keep in touch with her old friends, making sure to visit China once every year.