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February 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

I came to this country in the mid-eighties as a political refugee. My father fought communist forces in Vietnam for the South Vietnamese military alongside U.S. armed forces. Following the fall of Saigon, our family fled the country by boat and spent nearly three years in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines. We were consequently sponsored to the U.S. by a church and our family eventually settled in California.

When our family first arrived in the U.S., in an effort to help us assimilate, a man whom we all called “Dad” drove his van around town every Friday to take newly settled immigrants on a shopping trip to K-Mart. His wife would then make us dinner and we’d all watch a movie before he’d drop us back at our homes by the end of the evening, marking some most indelible footprints in my heart. I further benefitted from charitable Americans in the form of welfare, Medicaid, federal student aid, and a host of other entitlement programs I’d likely forgotten, which were made available to us to help us get on our feet by hardworking, taxpaying Americans. I became a naturalized American citizen and attended both public and private schools, and subsequently went on to achieve some career highs (and lows) in the private sector, all of which richly contributed to my road to achieving the American dream.

By virtue of being an American, I had achieved the American dream.

I developed an unwavering appreciation for Americans and an allegiance to the country I’ve called home for nearly three decades—the U.S. It’s an appreciation that one who’s never lived beyond the boundaries, safety, and charity of this country perhaps couldn’t possibly fathom. To have been given so much—opportunity, life, and liberty—by a country I cherish, and to subsequently witness its withering growth trajectory during the formative Great Recession years, pained me. The anguish of watching my mother ingest her own wedding band at sea during our escape so as to avoid confiscation by pirates, though compelling, was no match for the desolation I later felt as I watched the country enter what I believed to be an era of not only economic but also cultural decline. Watching segments of misguided and ideologically imbued Americans paint the country I love as the world’s enemy further compounded my need to stand up for well-meaning Americans.

In 2012, after witnessing the gradual decimation of the manufacturing sector and the country’s deteriorating economic fortunes, I founded American Love Affair, an online retailer of only made-in-the-USA products, as a means of aggregating, promoting, and selling consumer products manufactured on American soil. These talented producers, largely SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), managed to survive, thrive, and, in some cases, dominate in the face of increasing global competition.

For underserved consumers who desire American-made products, both domestic and abroad, American Love Affair is not just an online retail destination, but also a symbol of American resilience, diversity, productivity, and fighting spirit. It is the American dream.

The American system is one that leverages the free human spirit to achieve greatness, and, warts and all, the truth remains that the U.S.A. is the most vigilant and successful defender of freedom and capitalism the world has ever known. Americans remain the most just, well-meaning, and vigorous champions of human rights and human capital the world has ever known.

Indeed, American Love Affair stands for my love affair with America. It is my homage to you, my beloved fellow Americans. On this Valentine’s Day, to you, I dedicate this love letter.

Noelle Nguyen was born in Vietnam and is a naturalized American citizen. She is founder and CEO of American Love Affair, an online retailer of only Made-in-the-USA products.

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Thanks for this post Noelle. We love you too.
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Right back at ya, Noelle! Happy Valentine's Day.
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Thank you for posting this and thank you for what you do.

Happy Valentine's day to you

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Have to talk about America's Refugee, Amnesty and Citizenship Programs. All three are USCIS's responsibility...LEGALLY.
Today, Presidents Day, roughly some 18,000 LEGAL ALIENS will take the Pledge of Allegiance. They read, write, speak understand American Culture (English), Jurisprudence and have followed their true dreams of assimilation LEGALLY, into and as Americans. They're not standing in line with their hands out, they're not on some government welfare program, and THEY DIDN'T try to find loop-holes in USCIS's Immigration Application and Approval Processing.
Let's go to the "DREAMERS." This is Progressive New Left Activist's code words for "Anchor Babies." O.K. not all are "Anchor Babies!" Only some 70% (estimated). Others of this "Dreamer" category are: visa overstays, illegal aliens (border jumpers), family relatives, criminals, terrorists, student visa overstays, drug users/pushers, money launderers, opportunists and cartel members. Of the roughly 55 million illegal aliens already in these USA (awaiting Speaker Boehners approval of Immigration Reform Bill now before US House of Representatives) ALL, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS already in the USA are waiting for a "free pass." Compare this vast number of "underclass" illegal aliens who haven't any:1) education, 2)any job skills, and 3)have lived on America's welfare rolls for the better part of their existence in these USA. 4)Haven't added NOTHING to America's economy, 5)haven't filed any income taxes, 6)have received Family Refunds from the IRS (ILLEGALLY), and 6)are on every form of SNAP, EBT, SEC(8), WICS, program let alone 7)flooding all our hospitals' ER with their poor health histories. Think of this, once John Boehner Approves Immigration Reform Bill all these 55 million ILLEGAL ALIENS will now have American Citizen Status...do you honestly think for a minute these ne'er-do-wells will change their customary ways of living off America's welfare systems????HAH! Not on your sweet patootie! "Dreamers" are the same 'ol-same 'ol ILLEGAL ALIENS. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party. Support your local ArticleV committee for:1)term limits, 2) balanced budget and 3) return to States Rights.
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WOW...real gullible people on this site. Just write a letter about how great America is then launch your textile business.

The made in America tag has been used by patriotic sounding companies before. American Apparel is an example of this. Sure they manufacture in the US but the people doing the work are illegal
aliens. No need to outsource, when you can insource and tug at patriotic heart strings.

http://www.americanapparel.net/contact/legalizela/

Be skeptical of this business, until it is proven that American Love Affair actually uses American workers.
26 weeks ago
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Wow...how hateful some people are, willing to invent their own facts to discredit a true patriot. 1) The article was published 2/14/14. In other pieces it was noted American Love Affair was launched in 2012. 2) It is not a TEXTILE business, it is an internet business that sells fashion and beauty products and fine jewelry and flip flops and accessories and the list goes on and on. 3) It is not a manufacturer like American Apparel but a RETAILER that sources all types of American brands. That means it just helps to bring attention to all types of American manufacturers. It would be useful to know what you're talking about before ranting aloud.
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Progressive New Left Activist tactic right out of Saul Alinsky's book, i.e., "MESSENGER" vs. 'MESSAGE" conundrum. If one attacks the "messenger" (ex: attacking Romney the person) destroying the individual, the "message" (Romney's 'vision') needn't be addressed. Let's go to Candidate Obama! As "messenger" for (now obvious) centralized governance never, ever having been attacked, therefore his "message" was by and large, allowed to stand. Today, hand wringing and wailing by his political pundits is evident for not having taken "His Highness" to task for Obama's stated policies. Here, we evidence an example of an unfounded attack on the "messenger," in an attempt to discredit the "message." Lincoln-Douglas teaches us debate tactics. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a Tea Party and attend committees for:1)term limits, 2) balanced budget at the national level, 3) return of all States Right.
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Hateful and inventing facts? You sound like a lefty with your insults. No hate just a healthy dose of skepticism. Regardless of the "textile" mistake, the truth is that the term "Made in America" has been manipulated. You're either too old and too detached to realize this. Or perhaps your just a business entrepreneur who has a love affair with cheap labor. I cited American Apparel because they also claim the "Made in America" schtick. Sure, the products are "Made in America" but they are not made by Americans. Until it is verified this on-line retailer provides products made by Americans, I will remain skeptical.
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Remaining skeptical is your right. Pointing out fallacious assumptions is mine. By the way, your admission to error (AKA apology) can use improvement.
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Mfiero, hardly fallacious. You purposely and dishonestly ignore the bulk of my argument. How intellectual of you (AKA Sarcasm).

Regardless of my simple error. The fact remains that the vast majority of clothing manufactures in Los Angeles employee illegal aliens. Thus the label "Made in America" is disingenuous. I can not wait to investigate Noelle's enterprise and discover who actually makes those threads. #American Love Affair of Cheap Undocumented Labor
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Your argument was ignored because you have no argument. You talked about a company that has nothing to do with the company cited, and you talk about "facts" about the "vast majority of companies" without citing evidence. Americans need to stop pulling stuff out of their butts just because they can remain faceless on social media. In terms of "investigating", no need to wait. All their brands are listed on their website. Go now to investigate. Otherwise you're just a bigoted, racist person who prosecutes without evidence and will find no sympathy on this thread from smart, thoughtful people.
26 weeks ago
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And here is my first stop GoldenStar clothing: 2104 Mountain View Rd, El Monte, CA 91733. Stand by....liar
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Bigoted and Racist? Mfiero you are a troll and this business is disingenuous. Additionally, you are neither smart nor thoughtful. You are a liar and propagandist. Most likely, you are attached to this company. I will investigate (Benefits of living Downtown), I will document, and I will expose.

The products sold in American Love Affair are made by illegal aliens. Therefore, the "Made in America" label is disingenuous and trick to scam patriotic Americans into purchasing from ALA.
Oh ya, stop throwing around patriot. You have neither met one or are one...so butt out!
26 weeks ago
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For her and her homeland compatriots is why we fought.
Seems to have been worth it.
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Everyone says America is failing and faltering. But then, we're warned about industrial spies from both Russia and China stealing our secrets. As well, Hollywood makes most of its money on overseas audiences these days, so people "over there" are still interested in watching some form of the American dream. As long as other countries are stealing our ideas, then I'm not too concerned about America faltering ... because if we are having a rough time, everyone else is in even deeper trouble. We may not be rich enough to afford to wage 2 or 3 wars at the same time AND rebuild a couple of barbaric countries, but I'm not sure that's necessarily a bad thing. Those countries should grow up and be responsible for their own fate, and if they want to come after us again, a few nuclear bombs will solve the problem nicely, permanently, and very cheaply.
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Noelle! You are a shining example of how it is supposed to work. You appreciated and magnified the help you received, and now you stand as an example of the potential success available to all LEGAL immigrants. Of course you follow in the footsteps of tens of thousands of previous, largely unheralded immigrants, but the fact that you are willing to stand up and express your gratitude and your love for this, YOUR country, makes you very special indeed.

I wish you every continued success.
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We are blessed to have you as an American.
Every one talks about the terrible price we paid ( ~ 57,000 dead) but few know that there were a total of ~2 million deaths suffered by the Vietnamese people! What a sad price to pay. What is also sad is how we abandoned the South Vietnamese. Please forgive us.
I am an old geezer but i still think that Vietnamese women are the most beautiful women in the world.
Blessings to you and your family.
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Awesome post, great business venture.

It's people like you that continually give me hope.
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I further benefitted from charitable Americans in the form of welfare, Medicaid, federal student aid, and a host of other entitlement programs I’d likely forgotten..." So happy you love this country but those "programs" ARE NOT CHARITY. The workers in this country are FORCED to hand over their wages. Generations ago, if you came here and couldn't support yourself, you left. I know. There were many in my family who went back to "the old country". How are you ENTITLED? I am more ENTITLED to KEEP MY WAGES than you are to spend them. Our politicians forget: IT'S NOT THEIR MONEY.
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Read up on the universally recognized status or political refugees. Let not Americans forget the US fought the war against communism on Vietnamese soil and along with it, killed 2 million Vietnamese. Ignorance is not bliss.
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I'm pretty sure she gets that point.

Relax.
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While many of us are against entitlement programs, mainly because so many freeloaders abuse them, we do support helping people get on their feet and become productive Americans. That's what those programs should do. We honestly don't mind helping people who will use the help to get to a place where they can not only support themselves, but help others.

Thank you for being an American.
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"That's what those programs should do. "

Only if we're going to use our Constitution as toilet paper.

These programs are ILLEGAL. The federal government has ZERO authority to do this.


Charity has nothing to do with government programs.

26 weeks ago
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She's not conflating charity and government programs. She's making the larger point that the American society is the most humane on the planet.
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Thanks for this post Noelle. We love you too.
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