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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Life is challenging and these challenges are different for each person. Our experiences shape us into who we are. In Reflections: Thoughts from a Social Transplant by Choi, the reader may be able to not only take a journey with the author but see themselves in the story. If they're unable to see themselves, maybe they can see someone that they know. Either way you view the story, Choi displays how everything was new yet frightening as the transition of life began to take form. Life how others see us can either celebrate or isolate us. This story will make you pause and think about the stigmas that we see or that we place on others. “Like Superman, we would both be molded by our past and polished by our future to come as a new citizen of these great United States. Much like Superman we both believe in our adopted country, not because we are like the others, because we are different. It’s the difference that makes this country great and why our founding fathers named our country the way they did “These United States”!” says Choi.
This book displays a great way to view the diversity biases and the lack of inclusivity that we've encountered throughout the centuries. Choi provides a new meaning behind what our forefathers meant as this country was being formed. It may not have been perfect because we are not all created equal, just like now, but at some point in time we must understand that we all deserve to be treated not by the color of our skin, but by who we are as people. Being a social transplant by uprooting from one place to another, and trying to operate within the environment or communities that we may find ourselves in can be a challenge but, if possible, we must look for the light.