Be True to Yourself by Justin L

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This is Merle, reading her Le Cordon Bleu culinary book. She lives in Uptown with her son after reuniting with him after almost ten years. She originally came from the Philippines with her seven siblings, her mom, and her dad, who was half Chinese. There she worked as a contractor alongside with being a baker. She used to bake cakes for her relatives for special occasions, such as birthdays and weddings. She then immigrated to the United States to live the “American Dream.” For years she has provided for her family and served as the glue to bind the family together. She has tried to bring her kids to America to have a better life, too. After many years of processing the papers, she reunited with them back in 2015. When her kids arrived, she was finally able to see some tourist spots in Chicago since all she used to do was work. She loves the diversity in Uptown, and wishes for the crime rate to decrease. As I asked her for advice she shared her favorite one, “To live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.”