Defining the American Dream: Success, Pride, and Dignity

This story was written by one of New Jersey’s ethnic media outlets that is participating in Voting Block, a statewide collaborative reporting project to encourage political discussion — and more informed voters in neighborhoods across New Jersey ahead of this fall’s gubernatorial election.

When New Jersey resident Tommy Xie first arrived in the United States, he was 17, alone and had not a penny to his name. Today he owns two businesses, one a home-remodeling firm and the other a real estate venture.

Xie, now 55, says while he’s achieved the American Dream, his ambitions are now pointing in a new direction.

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