Author Archives: Elliot Margolies

Sewing New Seeds (Mexico)

I was a young lady who wanted the better for both of my daughters. I moved to the U.S. followed by a shadow to whom I believed was God helping me cross safely to California. I lived with my mom in Apatzingan, Michoacan in Mexico. I was born in a small town of Uruapan, in 1976.  Time passed by and ... Read More »

How my life changed forever! (Mexico)

When I was young, I believed I would live in Mexico forever. Everything changed when my sister died which made me realize Mexico is not safe for my family. At first I did not want to leave Mexico but then I realized it was one of the best decisions for me and my family. When I lived in Mexico, I ... Read More »

Starting Over With Nothing (Mexico)

I had no idea what was going to happen to me in the United States. I did not know what events would take place or how I would react when I got stuck in a difficult situation. My only motive was my two kids in Mexico and the better future that I aspired to give them. My name is Maria ... Read More »

Reflections On What’s Missed and What’s Gained (Mexico)

I grew up in La Mesa de la Providencia Tlachichila Nochistlán, Zacatecas, México. I remember that it was a small town, where a small amount of people lived and everyone there was mostly family. For me that is the most beautiful place in this world and the best place to live. It was so small that everyone would know everyone, ... Read More »

Determined Dreamer from El Salvador

I was ten years old carrying a broken heart and tears that cover my eyes when I emigrated to the United States of America from El Salvador with the innocence feeling of only wanting to be reunited with my mother and father. At the instance, I was not chasing the American Dream. All I wanted was to be able to ... Read More »

Rocio’s Journey to America (Mexico)

Fabrizio Moreira once said, “The American Dream is that any man or woman, despite his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise high as they are willing to work.” Five year old Rocio had not yet come to understand that in her young age moving to America, but little did she know she would become a living example ... Read More »

The Unknown Destiny

“I’m not an immigrant of the United States. I consider myself part of the brain drain, I came here simply for my education, expecting to return home.” My grandmother, Rita Tabourian, grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and attended school at the American University of Beirut. “My mother gave me the same opportunities she gave her son. She raised me to ... Read More »

Lourdes Trahan – Creole Comes West

I am a multiracial person with a very diverse background. My mother is biracial, she is half black and half white.  My grandmother is white and my grandfather is black. My father is multiracial, which means that my grandmother on my dad’s side is black and my grandfather is Creole, which is a mixture of black and French. Unfortunately, on ... Read More »

Guitarist (Germany)

Otto grew up in Germany and at a young age was enrolled with the Nazi youth. After leaving he joined the German Navy and fought in World War Two. He was captured by the British and put in a British camp until the end of the war. He got to go home after the war and got a job playing ... Read More »

George Sid From China

As communism spread like wildfire across the vast land of China, my great grandfather made a decision. As soon as his father passed away he would pack up his family and take them to America. It was hard for  his first son, George, to leave Chung Sar, a small village he had been raised in outside of Hong Kong. Things ... Read More »

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