After spending his early years in an immigration detention facility, Asian-American actor and comedian, Richard Chu, has had to adjust to life in America.
“The first few years in the States, my family was kind of in shock and confused.
It was like I had just arrived.
They’d only told me that I had a few days to stay, so they’d let me go home,” Chu told Billboard.
“I had no idea what to do.
My first day of school I had to sit in a classroom and write notes on a board.
It took a long time for me to figure out what to write and how to write it.”
Chu’s family is thrilled to be welcoming him back to Los Angeles, where they’ll be able to see him for the first time since being arrested and deported to China for allegedly making and distributing child pornography.
“It’s kind of a miracle that he’s here and we’re here.
We have no idea how lucky he is,” his mother, Kim Chang, said.
“We’re just grateful to have him.”
Chu is one of more than 100 people being detained at the Los Angeles County Jail for allegedly having sex with a minor.
His family is hoping for a speedy and peaceful return to the U.S. After his initial detention, Chu and other Asian Americans were given a green card, and he’s now living in the United States.
He said he’s excited to be able bring his family back home.
“My family’s always been so proud of me, so happy and excited about my success.
I’m so proud to be the only Asian American man in the U, so proud,” Chu said.
The family has already planned a surprise celebration for Chu and his family.
Chu said he’ll be wearing a special tie and performing at a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, which is also being held at the UCLA Theatre.
“There’s going to be a huge party,” Chu joked.