Category Archives: STORIES

From Farmworker to Mechanics Shop Owner – Immigration Story

There are many unique immigration stories, but none are exactly like my dad’s story. It consists of many hardships and much patience. Although there were a lot of responsibilities and much loneliness, I must say that my dad conquered them all. My father was from Southern Vietnam and lived quite a normal life with his family. That is until, suddenly, ... Read More »

Children Left Behind from Vietnam War

Being born during the controversial Vietnam War is not something that would have been pleasant. Immigrant Linda Le was one of those who was born during a time of great dispute in her country. Caught amidst the conflicts involving her country, Linda, along with her mom, resolved to leave their country. She had endured much during her trip from her ... Read More »

Nicaragua to America

Karla grew up in a 3 member family, consisting of her oldest brother, oldest sister, and Aunt Martha. Her other brothers lived with a different family. Their mom lived in America and Karla would receive calls periodically. From 1st-6th grade, she attended a catholic school where nuns were the educators and “spanking” with the ruler was acceptable, and the students ... Read More »

Gloria’s Migration Story

This is an image of London where Gloria migrated from.

It was 1983, when one day Gloria woke up and realized that this wasn’t the environment or lifestyle she wanted for her children – let alone herself. She thought to herself ¨How could she leave all the items and memories behind. Who would she become? What would she become?¨ Life in London in the region that she had lived in ... Read More »

My Father’s Immigration Story

This is the famous place Pagan city in Central Myanmar.

In 1999 I married my wife and my oldest child was born the next year. Even though I was now a father, I knew full well that life in this country could not continue. I had spent the previous four years before my marriage traveling around Myanmar. Based on these experiences, I learned something about my own country: that there ... Read More »

Hai Phan’s American Dream

The sounds of gunfire, cannons, and people in your town screaming are signs that your life is going to change. My mother is from Vietnam and had her life change because of war. She is now living happily here in America. This is Hai Phan’s life story. My mom was born in South Vietnam in 1974. “The life back then ... Read More »

El Salvador to California

Maria Hernandez (name changed), my mother, is 43 years old, and was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador. My mom left her home country to come to Richmond California and soon moved to Redwood City, California where we currently live. At this point, my mother works and in her free time she likes to cook different kinds of dishes like ... Read More »

Construction Worker Sought A Better Future

My father, Emanuel was born in Jamay Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 34 years old he decided to immigrate to the United States from Mexico. My father’s hobby was playing soccer but after he injured his foot he couldn’t really play anymore, he faced many struggles which is why he needed a better life in a different place that ... Read More »

Guitarist and Mechanic

Guillermo Ortiz (name changed), is 45 years old and was born and raised in Nueva Italia Michoacan. He immigrated from Tijuana, Mexico to San Fernando, California in the span of three days. He is currently a mechanic in gardening equipment and he likes to watch soccer and play his guitar as well as sing to pass time. I chose this ... Read More »

Janitor Entrepreneur

Juan Carlos only made $54 for working 16 hours every day. It was higher than in Mexico, which was $3 in eight hours, so he definitely was not complaining. There are many immigrants in the U.S, and my father is one of them. Juan Carlos, a 44 year old, emigrated from Mexico and immigrated to the U.S in search of ... Read More »

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