This Fourth of July I am reminded of a song that I sang in Glee Club, a song (see link below) that celebrated the diverse origins of this country’s people. It inspired me in my youth and it continues to inspire me even today when others would have us look down on one another. Have we forgotten our roots so quickly?
As I am rooting for the truth about my Chinese heritage with my Roots Plus/Friends of Roots group, I am ever grateful that my family came to the “Gold Mountain.” What I am discovering about the Chinese experience of becoming American, well, it is sometimes scary, sometimes sad and yet it fills me with awe.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)
This Fourth of July, as I listen to the words of the song from my childhood, I pray that we see the beauty in one another and in this, and all countries; that we realize as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “All we have to fear is fear itself.” That we practice what Jesus taught us: to love our neighbors as ourselves, even to love our enemy. Call me optimistic, but I hope that we again see this country, this world, as abundant and full of opportunities.
For if my rooting journey has taught me one thing, it is this: We are all one family and it takes a village to create peace on earth.