Do you have a dream? What is your dream? People all over the world dream of happiness and a better life. To live a better life is my dream, as well as my family’s dream. A family cannot fulfill a dream without its members’ hard-work or the nation’s stable policy. As the modern Chinese generation, we all benefited from the Reform and Opening-up Policy, which was initiated by one of the former Chinese Presidents Deng Xiaoping in 1979. This policy has not only reformed China’s economy, culture and policies, but also opened up China to outside countries. The Reform and Opening-up Policy has had great effects on China, but also on my family. Thanks to this policy, my family has been able to fulfill our family dream step by step to lead a better life.
At the beginning, the Reform and Opening-up Policy gave my father the first step to fulfill our family dream. My father was born on 1953, which was eight years after World War II. At that time, China was very poor; people lived in hard time and suffered from hunger and poverty. My father had to work as a farmer to support his family after graduating from high school. However, since China has pursued the Reform and Opening-up Policy, China’s economy has become better, and the people’s living standards have been improved. Firstly, my father had a chance to obtain wealth and get lifted out of poverty. My father grew large amounts of rice and vegetables, so he could make money to feed his family and provide them warm clothing. Furthermore, my father got married and built up a comfortable family. He married my mother who was introduced by his relatives in 1980. In order to build a comfortable home, my parents worked hard from dawn to night in the field. No longer had living in the old house, my family and his family moved into a new house which had a television, washing machine, and refrigerator.
In addition, thanks to the Reform and Opening-up Policy, I could take the second step to fulfill our family dream, and I had the chance to receive nine-year compulsory education and chase my dreams independently. In the old China, girls didn’t have the chance to go to school and get good education. They could not work outside, and just stayed at home and did housework. They got married by following their parents’ will, and they didn’t have the chance to pursue their dreams. Luckily, because China carried out the Reform and Opening-up Policy, I was able to go to school to get nine years of compulsory education. I was able to enter a teacher training school and graduated from college with my hard work. Moreover, I could fulfil my dreams independently. Fortunately, I got my favorite teaching job after I graduated from the college; I married a man who I love him and trust him not like my mother’s following her parents’ will. Finally, I chose to immigrate to the U.S because I admired its high quality education and good medical benefits.
Finally, thanks to the Reform and Opening-up Policy, my daughter can continue to pursue our family dream in the United States. The Reform and Opening-up Policy offered my family the chance to get U.S. visas and start a new life in this country. Moreover, the education here is so excellent and the medical benefits are so good. Not like Chinese spoon-feed education, American education cares more about students’ ability of imagination, thinking, creativity, and manipulating information. Fortunately, my daughter is getting a good education in school now. She is learning in an active and energetic way, and she is becoming smarter and more independent. In addition, as a member of a low income family, my daughter gets free and good medical care from the U.S government. For instance, my daughter has free physical and dental check so that she can grow up healthily.
In conclusion, my family is just one of many families that are fighting for their dream. The family dream, which is to live a better life, has kept us fighting for it from generation to generation. Thanks to the Reform and Opening-up Policy, my father, my daughter and I have opportunities to obtain wealth, receive good education, get good medical benefits, and pursue independence. Everything we do today is to weave our wings for our family dream so that it can come true one day.