Category Archives: Asia

My American Dream: A Story of Immigration and Naturalization

Fifty years ago when I was born and grew up in a poor peasant family in China, never had I thought that I would somebody be able to come to the United States of America, the best country in the world, to study, to find a job, and to establish a life for me and my family. Today I can ... Read More »

A Rugby Player from Tonga

My dad, Moses Tameilau, was born and raised in Niua, Tonga. He is 52 years old and now lives in Redwood City, Ca with an amazing wife and six kids. He owns a little business in concrete contracting and works for the government in the city of Los Gatos. He has a strong passion for the game of rugby and ... Read More »

Fiji to San Francisco

I realised that I have big dreams and I’m going to do anything it takes to reach those dreams and be successful in America. It’s May 1994. I’m on a plane to America. I know this decision will change my entire life. Putting all my trust in my parents, I have decided to go with them to America. As I ... Read More »

A Longtime Immigration Dream Comes True

My mother, Ayumi Hirano is now 45 years old and was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. At age 19 she traveled to the US to study English at a language school in Seattle, Washington. There, she studied English at least six hours a day. The first few weeks in Seattle were very difficult. She was nervous, depressed, and homesick. ... Read More »

Berenice Lai: Leaving Hong Kong Before It Changed Hands

Berenice Lai was born in mainland China and moved to Hong Kong with her brother and parents when she was eight years old. Her family’s living situation in Hong Kong was not comfortable. They shared one kitchen and one bathroom with ten other people, and her family of four shared a bedroom of around ninety square feet. A drug addict ... Read More »

Lelaine’s Opportunities After Leaving the Philippines

I was born and raised in the Philippines until my teen years, around the age of 15. My father died in a war when I was a baby. Growing up, I lived a lifestyle that was difficult for me to handle. I had four siblings… an older sister, a younger brother and two younger half-sisters. My mother was always busy, ... Read More »

An Immigration Success Story With Dinosaur Bones and Airplanes

My grandfather’s life started in jeopardy due to his premature birth and small size, which forced him to spend his first two weeks without his family in an incubator. My grandfather, Al Bien, was born in Beijing, China in 1934 where his home was in a “hutong” or alley. Following the beginning of the second Sino-Japanese war, his family moved ... Read More »

A Korean Exodus: Simon Park’s Travel to America

“In just four years in college, I got 26 gold medals!” Simon Park (name has been changed) looked at the people at the table before him in silence, expecting wonder and praise. “What, did you steal them from first graders?” The table, where Simon’s three sons and wife were sitting, burst into laughter, while he sighed. However, he was happy; ... Read More »

Finding Gold Within; Leaving China When It Looked Safe To Go

My parents were afraid to file the paperwork necessary to immigrate because if anything went wrong, they could be severely punished by the government. “Where is all the gold?” I thought as my preconceptions about America were shattered and I dejectedly peered out the plane window at the end of my eighteen-hour flight to America from my hometown, Taishan, a ... Read More »

Lottery Winner from Taiwan

Living, in one of the largest populated cities in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Nancy Wu (name changed) and her husband worked in the high tech industry.  As a project manager, Nancy traveled abroad quite a bit.  She was able to compare some schools in other countries with those in Taiwan and preferred what she perceived as a greater emphasis on critical thinking and extra ... Read More »

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