An immigrant works a menial job such as sweeping floors, stocking shelves, or food service. However, in the country of his birth, he was a professional--a doctor, an attorney, or a politician.
Truth in Television
, somewhat, as educational standards are quite different in Asia and parts of Europe, and many foreign citizens come here to study in universities. Many work lower-class jobs to pay for school and send money support families back home.
- In an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper led a team in an academic competition made up of blue-collar drones, fancying himself an authority on everything and needing three other people only to meet the rules. He was stymied by the final question, a complex equation; however, the janitor on his squad answered it perfectly. He explains that in his native Russia he was a prominent physician at Leningrad Polytechnika. "Go Polar Bears."
- Groundskeeper Willie's real name, before coming to America, was "Dr. William MacDougal".