Guardians of the Dream: The Enduring Legacy of America's Immigrants

Guardians of the Dream: The Enduring Legacy of America's Immigrants

by Paul Hsu

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Guardians of the Dream: The Enduring Legacy of America's Immigrants by Paul Hsu

Entrepreneurial Immigrant Spirit is the Heart of the American Dream

Is opportunity still available for those who work hard and play by the rules? Guardians of the Dream offers an inspiring view of our nation's promise, which for the past two centuries, has been championed by the legion of America's immigrants.

Paul Hsu, a business leader and entrepreneur who has built several successful companies, counters the negative narratives by recalling his own journey, and those of others, who have found the path to opportunity in a country that is like no other.

Born in Taiwan, Paul Hsu came to the United States as a young man and found a land where anything was possible. He writes inspiringly of his family's experience. "Our lives were often hard, but we didn't feel put upon," says author Paul Hsu. "We didn't think our struggle was unfair because my wife and I knew that it was only one step along the road. It took some time, but we succeeded. We had a belief that America had great opportunities, and that if we made sacrifices and stayed motivated, we wouldn't be held back because of class, race, or because we weren't born here. That is a unique aspect of America's character."

Guardians of the Dream makes the case that immigrants are an integral part of the American texture, and as such, are guardians of a lasting legacy. At its heart, America has always been-and continues to be-an immigrant nation. Hsu, a business owner, engineer, presidential appointee, and above all-proud American-tells stories of those who have fostered the entrepreneurial spirit and achieved great success, thus, enriching the economy and improving our ability to compete in the world. From a newly arrived immigrant with $500 to his name to building a $60 million company, Hsu is an inspiring example of that entrepreneurial immigrant spirit. The book attributes American immigrant dreamers with having the dedication and passion needed to be successful business entrepreneurs, and in turn, they offer a roadmap to success for others.

Hsu advises young people to adhere to the simple but profound values of hard work and self-discipline that have stood the test of time. The uplifting examples of individuals who have overcome great barriers to fulfill their dreams, further provides inspiration for Americans weary of economic or social challenges. "Challenges always existed," says Hsu. "Yet, we remain a global leader."

Guardians of the Dream challenges those who fear that America's greatness is fading by telling an optimistic and insightful story about the remarkable entrepreneurial immigrant spirit of those who make this country great.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149460748
Publisher: Maxwell Publishing LLC
Publication date: 04/18/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Born in Taiwan, Paul came to the U.S. in 1976 as a first generation immigrant. After completing his M.S. in Industrial Management and Systems Engineering from the University of Central Missouri, he worked as an industrial engineer for Chesebrough-Ponds, then joined defense contractor Harris Corporation as a production engineer until he started his own company, Manufacturing Technology Incorporated (MTI) in 1984.

Dr. Paul Hsu is chairman of Hsu Enterprise Group, an energy management consulting company with offices in New York, Florida and Shanghai.

As chairman and chief executive, Paul grew MTI into a 450-employee military electronics company with annual revenues of $60 million. In addition to MTI, Paul has founded Total Parts Plus, an Internet-based data content provider, and ActiGraph, a medical device manufacturer.

A dedicated public servant, Paul was appointed associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Government Contracting and Business Development under President George W. Bush in 2007. In 2010, Paul was named to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He has also been a member of the Civic Leaders Advisory Group to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, as well as member of the President's Export Council.
In 2006, Paul served as National Chairman of the International Leadership Foundation in Washington, D.C., and established the Dr. Paul and Majes-Maggie Hsu Endowed Engineering Scholarship. Currently, he is a Senior Research Fellow on Energy Efficiency with the Harvard University Asia Center.

Paul obtained his Ph.D. in engineering management from LaSalle University and completed a three-year Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School

Paul and his wife live in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. They have three children.

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