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Turning Point Essay

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My parents got divorced when I was 9 years old, so I spent most of my life with only my mom, who has been emotionally unstable. I still remember that she went to a fortune-teller in order to get "hints" about her marriage failure and my fate with me after she got divorced. The fortune-teller started to move his fingers and foretold my future after I told him my name and time of my birth. He said, "Your daughter can't get married before 30 years old, or even fall in love with someone, she will have the same ending as her mother--living in desperate loneliness."His prediction really made a great influence to me; I had literally no opposite sex friends until I came to the United States. Because ...view middle of the document...

I met this boy when I was arriving America and I then fell in love with him. We got so close and I regarded him as my future husband. I thought did not need any other friends. I have already been brainwashed. All my life was full with him. Dating is sweet. We said whatever we wanted, and we promised whatever we thought. This love made me blind. Regarding all of the consequences, we just did everything we wanted as long as we were feeling all right. "Lover" is the most complicated character in this world that one can hardly understand what his lover is really thinking about, even though they love each other crazily.Everything was fine. We moved out and lived together. However, we found that shacking up to each other was not as happy as we thought since we argued every single day. Although we loved each other very much, there was no way to pacify our arguments. I had no clue why I started hating him; I did not appreciate what he has done for me. One time, I had a brawl with him. I even ran away. I did not know how to drive a car and the car was him, so I took a bus and went to some places that nowhere, nobody can call. I felt hopeless and helpless. In the dead hours of the night I could not stop tearing because I was so scary that I found myself in a completely strange place. I looked at the bright moon in the sky surrounded by the stars. I missed my mom. Suddenly, I noticed I was too young to have a boyfriend. How silly I was? I could realize the truthfulness of my mom's well-intentioned.Pham's attitude towards life changed a lot when his journey began. Especially his trip to Japan, he was unable to communicate with the Japanese because of his poor pronunciation. "Besides a few phrases I've gleaned from a Learn Japanese cassette tape, I don't speak Japanese. Streets signs, in kanji, are useless" (Pham 43). I think Pham was lonely and helpless as I felt when I run away. Both of us realized something important after that. He did not even know how to get out of the airport. "I have no idea how to get out of the airport, much less find affordable lodging for the night" (Pham 43). He had to tent at a parking lot. At that time, he could finally begin to understand what Chi felt when she was thrice dislocated that first as an immigrant and second as a transsexual changing her name to Minh, and third as a runaway.Few days before I moved out to another apartment and we have not contacted so far. I had to take care of myself. It was really hard for me to live alone. He was unable to take care of me anymore. And something, making the meals and doing the laundry, might be normal to others but hard to me. I learned how to drive, got my driver license, and bought a car.Actually, Chi tried her best to overcome the obstacles in her life. But sadly, she was discriminated against by Americans just as Pham was by the Japanese. In school, she was teased by the other kids because of her masculine behavior. "Chi wasn't attractive. Handsome, strong, perhaps, but never...

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