published in The New Yorker
In this brief autobiographical essay, Villavicencio recounts her upbringing as an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Her parents immigrated from Ecuador when she was a small child and established themselves in New York City before sending for her at five years old. Although they lived on the edge of poverty, they strived for a better life for their children. Villavicencio "succeeded" in graduating as valedictorian, going to Harvard, and become a renown writer. Does that mean she has been fulfilled by the American Dream?
272 days ago