Berg's Video: An American Dream
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month — a celebration of culture, identity, history, customs, and future momentum. The origin lies with Congress — when in 1978, a resolution was passed and signed by President Jimmy Carter declaring the first week of May to be designated to this observance. By 1992, Congress had expanded it to the entire month of May; which was chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants arriving on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by Chinese workers on May 10, 1869.
When I first interviewed Rhianne Paz Bergado, we talked briefly about what it was like for her parents when they first came to the U.S. In honor of APAHM, we’ve asked her to expound on that story. In this short documentary, Rhianne turns the camera and the interview on her family — asking for their recollection of the early days of their American dream.
For many Asian immigrants, a large amount of our history remains in the homeland we left behind. Centuries of ancestry, culture, and stories — carried only in hearts and memories as families seek new futures and new lives. On foreign soil, we begin a new chapter — creating new storylines, all the while navigating a new language and new customs.
This is more than an origin story of one of the most spectacular humans I know. In many ways, this is an origin story for so many immigrant families.