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During the Vietnam war, Celia Ruiz, already an established civil engineer in the Philippines, responds to the United States' announcement of engineer shortages. She comes alone, confident that $300 and her civil engineer's diploma are enough to establish a new life in the land of opportunity, or so she thinks. When she sets out to look for work, she is told she can never find a job as a civil engineer. She braces herself for a hard fight that she is determined to win.
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Celia traces her strength to her upbringing and experience in the late 50's when females were openly harassed in engineering school. For two decades, Celia formulates strategies and stays the course, fighting absolute poverty, language barriers, gender discrimination, and racial prejudices. Finally, before age becomes yet another hurdle, Celia finds the way to clear the path to the American Dream for her, owning an engineering company!

The book closes with pointers on how to pursue a dream to fruition.

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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights job/profession:    -   businessman Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Asian, other    -   American (general) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   engineer Ethnicity    -   Other Asian Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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