Storycorps, United States, Vietnam discussed on Morning Edition

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Is Friday, which is when we hear from StoryCorps. And today we have a story about new beginnings knock when was born in Vietnam near the end of the US led war. There. She left school when she was young to help support her family. She immigrated to the United States in her twenties and continued to work. And then at 45 is when enrolled in a G E d program. She came to StoryCorps with her teacher, Chris Myers, to talk about what is class meant to her. After the war. My dad was in prison. My mom had to take care of five of us, and I had to go out to work when I was like in sick to seventh grade. Then when I get to 10 grade, I just dropped out. You never gave any hint that she would have that kind of childhood. Yes, There's a lot of things to tell you about my childhood. I just want to ask you one question. You know, sometime in the classroom, I know that we get on your nerves. Okay, So you wanted to know. Do you guys get on my nerves? Sometimes? Yes. You know, I'm gonna choose my words wisely. Because first and foremost, this is honest to God truth. So many people work and they don't even like what they do. And they'll tell you Okay, we'll go get that paycheck, right, but If the only time you happy is when you get paid, that's a waste of a life. What a lot of people don't know about instructing when you do it, right. You're allowing somebody to go into you. And take energy away from you. And you have to do that. So I end up very drained sometimes, but at the end of the day, whatever it is that my learner's take out, they put back in me. You go out of your ways to do for us. You and I really appreciate that. You know, I had a student. Tell me they saw you when you were crying when you pass the last test. Um every bit of work that we've ever done to get you to this point it was worth it just to know that you were crying Tears of joy. It. I helped you do something that you're so happy about. You had to Because with you it wasn't easy mission, like, think about after you took your first test. The first score was like to write and I know that could be extremely discouraged. And I have a lot of things that I don't see any more after that. But then to see you back the next day. I'm like, okay, we're fighting. And when I see a fighter, I get excited. I'm not okay. Bring it. You know me and you against the world and that's how I feel. I just want to tell you that I'm really appreciate what you've done for me. You changed. People live because after I passed my GED, I feel like I have wings. Now I can fly. I.

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