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A birthday letter to America

ST ILLUSTRATION: MANNY FRANCISCO

The United States of America was born on the 4th of July, 1776. I wish America a happy 243rd Birthday on the 4th of July, 2019.

I have spent 21 years of my life in that country. As a result, I have developed very positive feelings for America.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'A birthday letter to America'. Subscribe