Category Archives: Asia

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 »

Sela Malu: New Life as a High School Student

When Sela Malu was 16 years old she was schooling at Beulah College (high school) in the country of Tonga. She was a young, determined girl who demanded a further education to help better herself and her family in the future and was also determined to get better education opportunities such as college. Besides her being determined to get further ... Read More »

Seng Ra: Immigrant Girl’s story from Myanmar

Seng Ra was born in Myanmar. When she was 16, she ran away from a civil war. Afterwards, she sheltered in a refugee camp in Malaysia. When she was a month away from her 18th birthday in 2008, she came to the United States with the help of UNHCR. Seng was sent to a Refuge Foster Family home in Concord, ... Read More »

Quy Lee’s Immigration Escape Plan

Watch Quy present his story in front of an audience, or scroll down further for the written story. It was 1975 in Vietnam. Quy was living in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. All around him, he was seeing effects of the Vietnam War and communist control. Ethnic Chinese like him were being discriminated against to the point where their ... Read More »

Trial and Error of a Chinese American: Rebecca Li-Huang’s Immigration Story

Rebecca is an up-and-coming Chinese American author. Within three months of its publication, Rebecca’s first book Green Apple Red Book: A Trial and Errors: A Memoir of a Chinese-American has already won three awards at New York, San Francisco and Hollywood book festivals. This narrative non-fiction uses the author’s real-life experience to put the American and Chinese systems of values ... Read More »

Kim Thanh Tran’s Immigration Story: Vietnam to California

They waved glow sticks to attract the attention of anyone who could help them. Thai pirates also prowled the waters; there was always a feeling of imminent danger. Walk into Hair 7 Salon, and you’re greeted by a small jade statue of the Buddha on the front desk. Hairdressers are quickly snipping and cutting while chatting with their customers. Kim ... Read More »

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