The free land is not free
The author of “In the Land of Free”, Edith Maud Eaton, with pen name Sui Sin Far, was not a direct immigrant from Asia to the United States, but she portrayed the harsh treatment Asian immigrants faced upon entering in the U.S. in the late 1800s. Sui Sin Far, working as a journalist for Fly Lea, had exposed the extreme injustice done to Asian Americans in U.S. while she was living on the west coast of the United States. In addition, Sui Sin Far’s narration throughout “The Land of the Free” presents the truth about what was immigrant’s life behind America's dreams of fortune. In the story “The Land of the Free”, Hom Hing was a merchant doing business many years in San Francisco. As a Chinese immigrant, he came to the U.S. to seek a better life. When his wife, Lea Choo, got pregnant, he sent his wife back to China to have the baby. After separating for years, Lea Choo took a difficult journey coming to America to join with her husband. She had very high hopes to live in the U.S. However when she first time brought her son to this dream land, her dream was broken by the American law. Because her son, the Little One, was born in China and did not have the legal papers to entering in the U.S., he was forced to isolate from his parents. Ten months later, Hom Hing and Lea Choo got their son back after they overcame many difficulties and spent lots of fortune to process the entering papers for their son. However, unfortunately, after the Little One came back home, he could not recognize his parents any more. Birds fly free but not human beings. Everyone looks at United States as a great country to live. The mother Lae choo promised her child this belief and assured her child “See, Little one, the hills in the morning sun. There is thy home for years. It is very beautiful and though wilt be very happy there” (Far, 1909, P148), the mother further assured the child, “Yes my olive bud: There is where thy father is making fortune for thee” (Far,...
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