This is a story of liberation from oppression and covers the challenges of a young man’s assimilation into American society during a time of great turmoil torn apart by the Vietnam War. This story is touched by Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, Mizmoon Saltzik of the SLA, Mark Rudd of the SDS, Che Guevara and Ann Romney. It is also a story about the kindness of many Americans, and the Author’s unabashed joy of becoming an American. California history during the 1960s is the backdrop for the story. In addition to the Watts Riots, this history includes Miss Teen LA contests, the first Beatles concert in the Hollywood Bowl, the original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Burbank, the design of the LA County Art Museum to float on a lake of tar, the planning of the Irvine Ranch for development into UCI and the city of Irvine, and the slaughter of the SLA in South Central LA.