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There are lots of  reasons I love this commercial: it’s subtle, it’s simple and it leaves most everything for the viewer to imagine.  But there are more personal reasons too: it tells a brave immigrant story, all in a 30 second spot.  The mom in the commercial is a seamstress, like the mom in my novel is and, not coincidentally, like my mom was when I was a teenager.  Being a seamstress is low-paying, strenuous work, but it can serve as the foundation for living the American Dream.  This commercial is evokes all the hopes and struggles on the way to achieving it.  So beautiful.

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