by Martin and Rich Lee
Many immigrants often cannot find employment in their profession because of language barriers, hiring bias, or not having been educated or credentialed in this country. So they take on lower-paying jobs that don’t match their education or start their own businesses which require working longer hours, every day. Children of immigrants don’t always understand this context and just assume parents choose to work this way. This way of life gets normalized and it can be surprising or unsettling when this reality dawns on them.
Martin and Rich Lee are second-generation Korean American brothers. Martin is a retired elementary school teacher and the illustrator of the strip. Rich is a professor of psychology in Asian American studies at the University of Minnesota and writes the content.
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