Here’s yet another renunciation story of the kind that the U.S. media refuses to tell — a story about an ordinary man who decided to leave New York City and give up his U.S. citizenship, an immigrant who found that the American dream wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and that happiness is more important than money or status.
역이민 최용탁씨 3代의 귀거래사
A homecoming letter for three generations of Choi Yongtak’s family
|2003-11-20||20 November 2003|
|충주|글 안홍욱|사진 박민규기자||Chungju. Text: Ahn Hong-wook. Photo: Park Min-kyu.|
|가는 길, 내내 궁금했다. 다들 선망하는, 그것도 성공적으로 정착한 미국 이민생활을 접고 돌아온 속내는 대체 무엇일까. 역이민해 정착한 곳도 대도시가 아니고 농촌. 돈 주고도 못 산다는 미국 시민권도 흔쾌히 포기했다고 한다. 학교에 다닐 아이들은….||He often wondered about the path he was following. Why on earth would he have packed up his successful & settled U.S. immigrant life that would have been the envy of many and come back here? The place where he settled down after coming back wasn’t a big city but a farming village. He even happily gave up something you can’t buy no matter how much money you pay: U.S. citizenship. The children, going to school …|