Thirty five years ago this week, the Phongphachones (actually Phengsomphone) arrived in America. One of our first picture here. My parents and 4 siblings (the tall guy was a church volunteer and lady in the middle was a family friend). Our first place was a small one bedroom apartment at 12th and Lindley Avenue in Philadelphia. None of us spoke any English, and our family was given about $200 and a case of noodles to start our new life in this new world. Though many things have changed throughout the years, America will always continue to be the land of opportunity.