Living: Enter the Entrepreneurs

For the talented ambitious, America = Utopia West

There was in mid-20th century an American institution known as the Green Card. It was difficult to acquire, and it was issued only to the most desirable foreigners who sought it. The fortunate man or woman who obtained it was ensured permanent residence in the U.S., from which many corporeal and psychological benefits might flow.

By 1978 the document had in fact been colored blue for 13 years, though, for obvious symbolic reasons, immigrants still called it the Green Card. In an era of restricted immigration, permission...

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