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Congo Immigrant Impression of USA

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Congo Immigrant Impression of USA

I met with a Congolese immigrant in Washington DC and talked to him a little of his initial impressions of the USA.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Brooklyn, New York- November 6, 2008
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He had this to say:

“When I first came here from Congo I realized that America is not like America. What I saw was more like Africa. I thought that everyone was rich and that all cultures were mixed.”

I hear these fairy tale stories about the USA wherever I travel. I can only imagine the disappointment that immigrants must have upon viewing America for what it really is for the first time.

I went for a walk through some crappy areas of Brooklyn this morning. There were lots of Latino immigrants working and hanging out in the streets. I can not imagine that this was their idea of America.

Links to previous travelogue entries:

  • Obama Celebration in Brooklyn
  • Code Pink Female Acivists Washington DC
  • Travel Questions

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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