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Immigrant parents inspire American University senior

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 17, 2014

~~<p>As a single mother struggling to get a foothold in a new country, Aleli Vinoya did whatever she could to make sure that her eldest daughter, Nicole Gasmen, would have better opportunities than she herself did growing up in her native Philippines.</p>
<p>She also understood that for those opportunities to have meaning, her daughter also had to be free to follow her interests wherever they may take her &mdash; be it the stage, the loi (taro patch) or the halls of government.</p>
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As a single mother struggling to get a foothold in a new country, Aleli Vinoya did whatever she could to make sure that her eldest daughter, Nicole Gasmen, would have better opportunities than she herself did growing up in her native Philippines.

She also understood that for those opportunities to have meaning, her daughter also had to be free to follow her interests wherever they may take her — be it the stage, the loi (taro patch) or the halls of government. Login for more...



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