Category Archives: Asia

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 »

Thulan Ly: Cosmetologist and Chemical Engineer

  In South Vietnam, the famous, and well-known Ly family enjoyed life and observing their traditions. Thulan’s father had a successful business, but turned it over to one of his sons so he could become a monk while spending two years in a cave at the top of Ba Den Mountain.  When he returned to his family’s land he erected a ... Read More »

Venugopal Menon: A Doctor’s Tale Of Migration

I came to the US from India in 1969. I was born in pre-independent colonial, British India during WW II and was educated as a doctor. I  served in  the Indian Army before leaving the country. I was looking  for higher education,  better opportunities, and to earn the American Dream.  I landed in Washington, DC, moved to CT for a year, and ... Read More »

Grace Kang: South Korean Family and Stanford University

Hi, my name is Grace and 47 years ago I moved here to America with my husband, Henry; son, Sam; and daughter, Sarah, from South Korea. I remember – in South Korea – the blossoming Cherry Tree in the courtyard and all the dogs sleeping, like they always did. The room that we always held our parties and weekly dinners ... Read More »

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