Yiu Fai Chu: June 2012
An interview with Yiu Fai Chu, Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps member:
Q. Tell us about yourself--do either you or a family member have a personal immigration story?
A. "I am the youngest of four children as I have three older sisters. My parents and sisters were the first to apply for naturalization. My sisters were the first to become naturalized U.S. citizens. They helped my parents in filling out their N-400 application because my parents do not know how to read, write, or speak English. As a result of their lack of English skills, they couldn't pass the civics exam. I applied for naturalization over a decade ago and didn't have problems filling out the application, but I had my sisters look over the application just to make sure everything was okay. As time passed my parents eventually were eligible to take the civics exam in their native language (Chinese) and passed with ease."
Q. Why do you volunteer with the CUNY Citizenship Now! Volunteer Corps?
A. "Networking, seeing new people, meeting new people, and talking to people. I also have an interest in Immigration Law."
Q. What do you enjoy most about our Saturday events?
A. "Meeting new and regular volunteers as well as the citizenship staff members."
Q. Outside of work and volunteering, tell us about some special hobbies or interests that you have?
A. "I like to read and try to learn other languages on my own and if I'm not reading, I am surfing the internet, taking long walks, and listening to music."
Q. What are you looking forward to at the next event?
A. "Seeing more people from other cultures who are needing assistance in filling out their citizenship application and also seeing new and regular volunteers, and the Citizenship Now! staff members."
Q. Has your knowledge of immigration law improved because of the time you have spent volunteering with us? What have you learned?
A. "I am mainly working at the camera and photo section. However, I have done some application assistance. I am interested in learning as much about immigration law as I can. I do expect to help more with the application assistance at future events."