Global Love Story
There are good reasons for the success story of the sons and
daughters of the laundry owners
in the Korean-American society.
My business of marriage counseling in America has been going on for 14 years.
Everybody knows that the personality has the paramount importance in marriage.
Because it is very hard to grasp the personality of individuals,
marriage counselors tend to consider educational background, occupation, yearly income, etc.
to supplement the vacuum of the knowledge of personality.
There are so many great people in America maybe due to the immense landscape.
I met a lawyer in her thirties in New York who graduated from Harvard University.
She is a gem in the marriage market, and is a beauty and
converse in a variety of legal matters.
There is a great medical doctor in Los Angeles, too.
He was born in 1980, and can be the top bridegroom in the marriage market.
Anybody may question of him, “Why is he still a single?”
There is a common characteristic in these two people.
It is their parents’ occupation.
Their parents are doing the laundry business.
Besides, there are many great people among the sons and
daughters of the laundry business owners.
Why, then, are there so many great people in the sons and daughters
of the owners of laundry business?
Many Korean immigrants in the States do laundry business
because they are good citizens and have the dexterity in details.
They had been successful in business through the hard way, and
did the best in the education of their children.
They gave the children more than the economic power.
The children grew up in the environment where the parents kept on working
except the sleeping time in the night.
The children learned the value of diligence, and this made them successful
in education and profession.
When I was a boy, I was ashamed of my parents’ occupation.
They worked all day long in the humid laundry shop.
The parents of my friends looked much better when they commuted to
the office clad in good-looking suits.”
“My parents were busy all the time.
I could meet them whenever I go to the laundry shop, though.
I played and studied around them in the laundry shop.
I think that environment gave me psychological stability.”
Laundry business is not a preferred business at all.
The Korean parents, however, made their children grow up to be good citizens.
What business is better than this anyways?
American parents might not understand the Korean immigrants
who worked hard only for their children.
They may speak ill of those children who got support from parents up until adulthood.
The best filial piety, however, is to grow up to be good citizens.
In Korean mind set, the best thing the parents could get is that
the children get what they want.
The laundry shop of Korean immigrants in the States is the example
of raising children to be good citizens.
This may be the place where there is hot enthusiasm and
tenacious family love hotter than the hot steam spewed from the iron.