Tomorrow (June 11, 2012) is going to be a special day… Not only because it is my mother’s birthday but also it also the day that I will submit my application for US Citizenship.
It has been 3,578 days since my sisters and I left the Philippines and follow our parents here in Los Angeles after almost two years of separation… I can still remember the day we left, It was hot.. of course it was the Philippines but we had our Jackets on to prepare for the “Cold” American weather. I was rocking a red-collared but navy blue golf jacket and in my pocket was an envelope containing $26 and an infamous letter from my grand ma that I should probably not discuss… Anyways, our 14-flight was delayed by 6 hours, we had crappy airplane food (Beef Stroganoff ala Pedigree) and orange juice that tasted more like the can which that was served by rude flight attendants who were reluctant to hand me out a pair of headphones so I could watch the movie “I am Sam”. My parents and I were ecstatic when we were all re-united after almost 2 years of separation. So we went to Denny’s, at the time was the only “American” restaurant that was open at 2 in the morning. I ordered the most American thing that I could find which was a bacon-cheese-burger with a side of fries and root-beer float.
Well a lot things has happened to America in the nearly 10 years I have been living here. It does not matter whether it was good or bad, I am still very grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that this country has given me.
So there lies the topic of this blog post… May I ask you, my dear readers, What is America/n? Can you define it? Is it still Apple pie? And most importantly, in our very complex and rapidly changing world, can America still be iconized?
On a side note: This summer I am planning a cross-country road trip from Los Angeles to Boston before GSD starts… I am taking some suggestions for must-see/must-do “let’s-get-to-know-America” adventure?
Thank you in advance!
Archinect readers from across the globe, please feel free and share your ideas as well… I am very curious to read your perspective.