The aspirations of two young Amerasians
Novato, Calif. — Alexis and Denny are not your typical suburban gardeners. But these two Amerasian youths and three others, all from Korea, have produced a bountiful harvest of corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and beets on the 3 1/2 acres behind the house on McClay Road.
The produce serves two purposes, explains Mrs. R. C. Stone, who has worked for many years on behalf of children fathered by Americans in Asian countries. The garden, she says, is a means of bringing some of these young people to this country temporarily on agricultural visas - if student visas cannot be obtained. It also has enabled them to show their appreciation for US efforts to help them by providing vegetables to the St. Anthony Dining Room, which feeds indigent people in San Francisco.
The young men living here would like to stay in the United States and become citizens. If and when legislation pending in Congress is passed, their prospects of doing so will be vastly increased. All are enrolled in a local high school this fall. After completing high school, they hope to enter Marin Community College or some other institution.
Alexis (Kwang Man) Orloff is a tall 19-year-old. His slightly Asian features are marked by sparkling eyes and a self-confident smile. He was raised in Busan, Korea, with an Amerasian sister and brother. Alexis makes clear he does not want to return to Korea. Next year he wants to enter college and study to be an aeronautical engineer.
Denny Lee is almost 18. Slight, fair, with reddish hair, he could walk unnoticed through Irish South Boston. He is a high school sophomore this fall. He lived with his Korean mother and American father until he was five; then, his father went back to the US. Living in extreme poverty, he was forced to drop out of school and take a menial restaurant job. His reserve is matched only by his quiet determination to become an American citizen.