Category Archives: Asia

Matra Majmundar

In 1975 Matra immigrated as an Occupational Therapist and her fiancée came as a graduate student to the University of California at Berkeley. They got married in the USA. Matra could not find a job in the Bay area and she moved to Los Angeles. After working two years in Los Angeles, she got a job in the Bay Area ... Read More »

A Land of Opportunity: A Q&A with Joan Shen

             When you take different paths, life ends differently   Q: Where did you come from and what was your life like there? Joan Shen: I came from Shanghai, and was a college student there. I had a simple and happy life.   Q: When did you come to the U.S. and for what reason? ... Read More »

The Decisive Moment

When you’re a seven-year old girl whose knowledge of the English language consists of “hello,” “thank you,” and “peach,” you don’t really know how to react when your parents tell you that you are moving to America for one year. Perhaps it was because you didn’t need to know anything about America, living in a small city in Tokyo. Your ... Read More »

Amitesh Bhushan

Amitesh came to the US in 1996 from New Dehli, India, to get a business degree at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio. School led him directly into a finance job and other jobs followed until he found himself living in Palo Alto. Perhaps because of the cold weather in Cleveland, the sidewalks were relatively empty compared to the constant bustle ... Read More »

Rashmita Jani Sriram

After coming here [to America] it was clear as day, I could taste it in my mouth” -Rashmita At the young age of eight, Rashmita, moved from India all the way to Indianapolis, Indiana with her brother, mother and father. Before their big move, her mother was a stay-at-home mom, while her dad was a businessman. With the hope of ... Read More »

Koichi Koba

Koichi Koba was born December 13, 1944 in Manchuria, China. Koichi’s father worked as a geologist for Imperial Japan and was conducting a study about the minerals in the area. In September of 1945 Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces ending the war in the Pacific theater. As Japanese Nationals in a hostile country Koichi and his family had to ... Read More »

Sam Chou: The First Snow

  He hopped from one heat vent to another, over the ones that lay outside the school buildings. It was below zero degrees Celsius, and he had only worn a down jacket and jeans. He was freezing and needed to stay warm. Sam Chou was starting his second semester at the University of Wisconsin in the year of 1990. He ... Read More »

Andrew B. Kim: An Extraordinary Life

Andrew B. Kim led no ordinary life. As a child, his family had lived through the Korean War in Seoul of South Korea, when Japanese occupation had forced the Kims into brutal suffering. Though waves of hardship hit his family time and time again, Andrew’s parents pushed him and his older sister to strive for opportunity in better places. “There ... Read More »

Alice Lung

Alice Lung was born in Taiwan. She moved to the United States in 1979 when she was 15 years old, because her parents wanted her and her two sisters to have a better education. Once their family arrived in America, they settled in Hayward, CA. Though she had learned some English at school in Taiwan, she found the transition difficult ... Read More »

Jia Qin

Jia is a recent immigrant studying English at the San Mateo Adult School. She came from China, near Beijing, and while she immediately appreciated the cleaner air and the beautiful Pacific, she felt lonely. Making friends with classmates has made a big difference in her life. View her video on the web site post. Read More »

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