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Phuc emigrated from Vietnam with his parents and brother in January 2005. They came so his parents could get jobs and earn money, and so he and his brother would have a better and brighter future. His uncle helped his family immigrate. Phuc had a lot of strange feelings during the journey, and wondered how his life would be in the United States. Everything was so big, strange, and new, all very modern. He feels like time passes very quickly here. In Vietnam, houses were very close together, and it didn't take long to go visit a relative; in San Jose his parents have to drive him to places far from their house. He likes the parks, libraries, and schools better in the United States, but misses Vietnam. Phuc mostly speaks Vietnamese because he lives in a Vietnamese community and has mostly Vietnamese friends. Making friends was easy in that community, where many others are in the same situation as him, but making friends with English-speakers is harder because of the language barrier. When Phuc has problems at school he has to find a Vietnamese counselor or teacher because he does not feel like he can express his thoughts as well in English. Phuc hopes to go to college so he can get a job as an architect or a firefighter and earn enough money to support his parents. They are older and have had problems finding work, and his brother moved to another state to find a better job. He also wants to be able to help his relatives in Vietnam. [interviewed by Phu Ta, for Becoming American in San Jose projec