I am a Chinese farm girl who grew up in rural poverty and just entered the US as a LEGAL immigrant last month. AMA.
I had lots of fun with my own AMA, so thought I'd do one for my wife as well. She grew up in a tiny village in rural north China, managed to make it into a three-year college, randomly met me, and long story short, now she's experiencing the US for the first time.
She speaks some English, so what I'm going to do is ask her your questions in English, and then if she doesn't understand I'll translate them into Chinese and ask them that way. Then I'll translate her responses back into English here, or if she responds in English, just type what she said in English.
Also, as she put it, 'I want to answer questions but I don't want to type.' So I will do the typing for her.
For proof, we took these two photos: http://chinageeks.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/proof1.jpg http://chinageeks.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/proof2.jpg (uploaded to my own site because imgur isn't working)
In the first one, you can see her US visa, as well as the US entry stamp. Of course, I did have to blur out all the personal details, but you get the idea. The girl in that image is NOT HER, it is a picture of the Project Hope donor who helped her family by sending them clothes, money, etc. It's from 1992. I didn't photograph the back because it's basically all personal information and I'd have had to blur it all anyway.
In the second image, you can see her Chinese passport, the same photo of the project hope donor, the same project hope donation card, but also a picture of my wife with her younger brother and older sister and their farm dog when they were young. This is, I believe, the only photograph that exists of her as a child.
We will get to ALL questions eventually except ones that have already been asked elsewhere in the thread, so if yours doesn't get an answer, that means it has been answered elsewhere or we just haven't gotten to it yet.
(Unless otherwise noted, all my future posts in this thread will be her speaking, not me. I'm just typing.)
UPDATE #1: OK, my wife has gone to sleep so that's it for tonight. We'll answer more questions tomorrow, though.