Our Fourth of July

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

As a young boy, when we were still new to the United States, on the 4th of July, I remember my father out on our lawn raising the American flag. At the time, our family faced a lot of racism. I was constantly bullied at school on the basis of my nationality. I was still, at this point, begging to go back to South Korea. I asked my father why he was raising the flag.

My father was not someone who liked to explain himself. He simply said,

Because this is your home. And this is what one does for their home.

I learned much of my conscientiousness from him. To do what's right in spite of temporary feelings.

Now as a man, my late father's words have new meaning. This is my home. I am an American.

This is our Fourth of July.