|Posted by John Jung on August 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM|
Unable to read, write, or speak English well even after living in the U. S. for over 25 years (mostly in Macon, Georgia), a few years after moving to San Francisco mother decided to learn how to read and write English so she could apply for citizenship.
It was not easy, but she was determined and spent countless hours doing homework late in the evening after her Chinatown class. Most of the words and phrases they learned for becoming a citizen were not especially interesting or relevant as illustrated below.
When she took the citizenship test, she had to indicate she would be willing to bear arms for the U. S. or was ever a member of the Communist party.
That was bad enough but she also had to deny ever being a prostitute or had ever been a narcotic addict.
Mother voted in the national election after she became a naturalized citizen in 1964. However, once she was on the voting rolls, she received a notice summoning her for jury duty, something that was too intimidating for her, she never voted again.
Somehow, one day in 1972 she got to meet the Mayor of San Francisco, Joseph Alioto, in a photo op, which was surprising as she was not much of a political person
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