Author Archives: Dennis Nguyen

Buscando Una Nueva Vida

Alberto Muuk’ enjoying the nature of the U.S.

“The land of good life, and opportunity,” is what I often thought of when I would work in the green orchards that caused my hands to become rough-over the years from picking fruits for my alcoholic father on our 20 to 40 acre orchard farm in Akil, Yucatan. I am Alberto Muuk’ a 5’3 Mayan man from Akil, Yucatan. I ... Read More »

A Mother’s Wish

La iglesia y la plaza de Cocula, México

Many migrate for a chance at a better life. However, for my mother, this was not the case. She grew up in a small village in Jalisco, Mexico. She lived in a modest home with both parents, four sisters, and two brothers. Her father drove a Pepsi truck, and her mom ran a restaurant. My mother’s favorite place to go ... Read More »

Working Towards a Better Future

San Joaquín, Municipio de Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco

I was born on June 21, 1967 into a family of 13 who all crammed into a two bedroom house in San Joaquín, Municipio de Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco. I was given the name Jose Luis Reynoso. I lived in un rancho[a ranch] called La Colonia where four other tiny houses recited on a large desert plane. Our house was ... Read More »

Americhina: The Immigration Story of Y. L. Chew

Photo of Y. L. Chew at her home in San Leandro, California, taken circa 2016.

Imagine a woman—40-years-old yet unmarried—in a country that does not recognize her hardships, a country only recently recognized by the United States. Imagine having lived there for her whole life, persecuted by nearly everyone around her, and known by no one in the journey that lies ahead of her. This was China in 1981, a year of great uncertainties and ... Read More »

Escaping Oppression

This is my great aunt currently.

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

The Life Made for Me

Where it all began!

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

Life of the Chinese American

Imagine waking up and not hearing alarms or factories working, but instead the voices of kids yelling as they played in the courtyard, the sound of food sizzling while being cooked in a cart by our local vendor in Hong Kong. The savory yet piquant smell of Luobo Gao as it wafted throughout the air and into your living room. ... Read More »

She is Transfigured

I was living in a world of bliss filled with joy, laughter, and happily ever afters. I didn’t know it wasn’t going to last forever. I remember it being very beautiful in Michoacan, Mexico. I remember during spring, the flowers would blossom and together with my friends we would take the flowers and create different designs. Then we would wait ... Read More »

My Immigration

Gazing out to where the sun kisses the ocean, I slowly stepped into the shallow water, wanting its comfort one last time. I could see little fish swimming around my toes, schools of bright colors, many different shapes and sizes. The cool breeze gently tussled my hair. It felt nice. The familiar feeling of home. My name is Leali’ie’eiao Nofoaluma ... Read More »

Ibrahima Diallo Immigration Story

This is what the plane that I took look like.

Every time I went outside at night, I was scared to be chased by the police. In my home country of Guinea, the weather is sometimes hot and cold. I went to a private school where I had to pay, and my classes had more than thirty people. Also, dirt is found almost everywhere in the city. There were no ... Read More »

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