Jenny We hopes for bright future in America |

Jenny We hopes for bright future in America

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Jenny We

Jenny We, 25, misses her two young daughters who live with her mother in China.

Jenny and her husband Wen work countless hours at the Galaxy restaurant in Craig to save enough money to travel back to their home city to see their girls, deliver thousands of dollars to their family and bring their daughters home to Craig, America.

"I'm praying to bring my babies back," Jenny said.

Although Jenny was in the U.S. when she gave birth to both of her daughters, Nikki We, 3 and-a-half, and Betty We, 2, her husband had to take them to China last year so they could focus all their time on making money.

"I have no choice, and right now my husband and I need to work harder," she said.

The two girls live with Jenny's mom in Fujian, China, where Jenny was born. She communicates with her girls once a month via Skype or Facetime.

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Although she misses her family, Jenny enjoys her life in the U.S.

"Right now, I prefer it here," she said, noting that she likes America's culture.

She's hoping to go back to China in the next year or two, but she can't do so until she saves $30,000 for her family.

"In my hometown, you need to have $30,000 to bring to your parents and family," she noted.

Airfare alone is roughly $1,500, she said.

"It's a lot of money," Jenny said.

Jenny lived in Denver prior to relocating to Craig, and she loves the small-town feel of Craig.

"I feel a lot of things I didn't feel in Denver. It's a different experience," she said.

She's lived a total of six years in the United States, and she's constantly working to improve her English skills.

"When I first came, English was hard," she noted. But now, she feels more confident speaking English.

Her husband doesn't speak English and relies on her to communicate with others in the community.

"I like it here," he said in Chinese. Jenny translated what he said.

He's a skier and enjoys heading to Steamboat each winter, he said.

Overall, America is a much cleaner place, Jenny said, especially the air quality.

"The air here is very, very different from my hometown," Jenny said of Craig.