I am having trouble overcoming the fact that the author effectively cheated and lied to get her way into America when she was young. Call it survival instinct. Call it 'wanting a better future'. It just feels wrong.
If it wasn't still happening even to these days, it would have been easy to overlook it. Unfortunately experiences such as her are still repeated by unscrupulous Asian students who do no possess any sense of integrity/morality in trying to make their way to the US or get a Green card.
It's all about gaming the system at the end of the day.
This memoir reads like a book of self-justification. Perhaps it's the way she thinks/writes in Chinese and how it translates into English in text.