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An American Dream Interrupted, By Compulsory Military Service

Released Saturday, 20th October 2018
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Growing up in Taiwan, Dean Huang always knew he wanted to study abroad, especially after visiting cousins that had immigrated to Boston. “It’s just that Taiwan is really small, and I feel like I can maximize my potential and challenge myself to receive a different education.” When he turned 18, Dean was accepted to University of Washington in Seattle, and shortly after that became an American citizen. He was active in a group of fellow Taiwanese immigrants, and also made lots of friends with people from other places like Mexico and Japan, people he never would have met if he’d stayed in Taiwan. For a decade Dean took full advantage of living in Seattle by spending his free time hiking, swimming and rooting for Seattle sports teams. He met and fell in love with his girlfriend, bought an apartment, and got a solid start in his career. All was well. Until Dean got a message from his family back in Taiwan. “My parents received a summons letter from the military. This is the final warning,

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