Category Archives: Asia

Kansen Chu

He wasn’t always San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu. When he arrived in the States, he had been Kansen Chu the engineer and then Kansen Chu the waiter. Though he grew up in Taiwan and attended the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology with a major in electrical engineering, his parents and two brothers had followed his uncle to ... Read More »

Angela “Angi” Chau

Angela “Angi” Chau was born in 1977 in Hong Kong. She and her sister were raised by their grandmothers while their parents were applying for a green card in the United States. Her father was fairly familiar with the United States because he went to college in America, but moved back to Hong Kong after graduating. The main reason for ... Read More »

Richard

The following interview was conducted at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View by Castilleja School students, Aimee An and Heejin Hahn. RICHARD: My name is Richard. My mom—she is from Sweden, Stockholm and my dad is from Samoa. Do you know Samoa? HH: I think so. A little bit. RICHARD: I will bring the map to show you. I’m ... Read More »

Myung Sook Whang

I was born in North Korea and moved to South Korea when I was 7 years old.  Although I was young, I remember it being a very difficult move. I studied home economics at the university where I met my husband. We got married and had 2 children. My side of the family was wealthy- they were pretty well off ... Read More »

Jane Liang

Where did you come from and where did you move to? I was born in Singapore, however, at a vey young age, my family and I moved to Michigan. Then shortly afterwards, when I was around one and a half years old, we moved to California. How did you personally feel about moving to a new country? I was very ... Read More »

Bobby Ma & Family Chapters

Chapter one is the Parents America is known as the land of opportunity. It certainly was that way around the turn of this century, when many people in China wanted to leave the country. My parents were no different. In 2001, Mom and Dad immigrated to Canada. There, they earned their master’s degree and P.H.D. degree, respectively, and eventually moved ... Read More »

Long De Gao

Q: Where did he come from? A: Long De Gao came from Shanghai, China. Q: What was his family background before he came to the US? A: He was born into a family of five children as the second-youngest. His father worked from seven to five or six and received a very small salary for his hard work. Because traveling ... Read More »

Shoukatbanu Merchant

I came on Christmas Day in 1970. I was living in Bombay, and had gotten divorced. In Bombay, you had to buy a house or go through the black market. I left my children in a hostel, and the youngest with a brother. Another brother sponsored me, and I studied at Foothill College. I already had a degree in Chemistry ... Read More »

Kim Le

  Kim is a Silicon Valley CEO. But her path to success was definitely NOT a cakewalk.  Here she tells a gripping story about escape from Vietnam and other challenges that she had to overcome along the way.   Kim was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center’s salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” Read More »

Chiu Yook Lon aka Wong Foon Yen

Imagine for a moment…  It is the ides of February 1926.  You are Chiu Yook Lon, an eighteen-year-old woman and a passenger on the Pacific Mail Steamship President Pierce, bound for San Francisco from Hong Kong.  The seas are rough, and you are seasick the entire twenty-eight day voyage — a voyage destined to end in a ferryboat ride to a minimum-security prison ... Read More »

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