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dateline: 14 February 2018

Immigration Debate Heats Up with Chloe Kim’s Olympic Gold

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • immigration: the resettling of people in a foreign country
  • debate: a discussion with strong arguments on both sides
  • heat up: to become stronger or more popular
  • halfpipe: a U-shaped ramp for doing skateboarding or snowboarding tricks
  • strict: very serious
  • merit-based: related to measurements of success (e.g, education level)

Immigration Debate Heats Up Following Chloe Kim’s Olympic Gold

After American snowboarder Chloe Kim won gold in the women’s halfpipe event this week, her father Jong Jin Kim, an immigrant from , pointed to himself and said “American .” Chloe Kim’s father moved to California from Korea in 1982 with only $300 in his pocket. He did not have a university when he arrived; however, he later attended university and become an engineer. He also started a family and a daughter who, at just 17 years old, won an Olympic gold medal for her country. US Senator Dick Durbin picked up on the story and told it on the Senate as an example of why Trump’s vision of a strict, merit-based immigration is not the American way.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Chloe Kim?
  2. How is Jong Jin Kim an example of the American Dream?
  3. Why did a US senator talk about Chloe Kim during a debate in the Senate?

Discussion Question

Do you think the “American Dream” still exists today?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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