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Journey to the West

When my husband and I were planning our honeymoon to Australia, we decided to spend an entire week in a small beach city called Cairns. We booked a 4-day live aboard there and dived 12 different diving sites cross the Great Barrier. We spent the rest of the week roaming around the town, eating fresh caught prawns and hiking up the rain forest. Even though we have heard great things about Melbourne and Sydney, we were quite content to immerse ourselves in Cairns.

The Asian Dream

The American Dream or "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” This is the dream that many Asians, including my parents subscribed to when they immigrated to the United States from Asia. For a lot, this is still the case. The foreign-born population in the U.S. (13.7%) is reportedly the highest it has been in over a century. Asian immigrants make up more than 30% of that group, and since 2010 41% of all immigrants have been from Asia, quickly overtaking the number of people coming from Latin countries.

In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.

In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash" reads a sign at at the cash register at Thanh Restaurant in Westminster, one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants. Thanh serves broken rice. The juicy pork chop, tasty fish sauce, served over perfectly steamed broken rice makes a fantastic lunch plate on any given day. But while a plate of delicious broken rice may not cost much, you can't pay with a credit card.