I've been a Chicago resident since 1998. I grew up in a foreign country. Yet since very early in my life, I was exposed to American pop culture. Like many individuals in my generation, most of our iconic references come from idealizations of quintessential Americana. Since the day I arrived in Chicago, I've experienced the elevated Red Line train platform as a multi-sensory film screen into the heart of urban America. It always makes me think of those mesmerizing Studs Terkel's radio programs. Mine is a story of a girl growing up immersed in an idealized version of the American Dream. A girl who against many more odds that she is probably aware of as an adult grew up to become first an immigrant in the United States of America and finally a naturalized citizen of this iconic nation. Yet someone who's still discovering and exploring this fascinating country in a time in which our frontiers as a nation aren't less challenging that moving West.
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