Category Archives: Asia

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 »

Ramses Bulatao

Ramses Bulatao shares his story about why did he come to US, his lifestyle and his viewpoints on education, youth and diversity here in US Shared by: Ruth Arriola Read More »

Yoriko Kishimoto

My father was an adventurous scientist and my mother was a modern mother in Japan. They brought our young family over to United States when I was a toddler in 1957 and then back again as a first grader in 1961. By age six, I had crossed the big Pacific Ocean by ship three times! I started elementary school here ... Read More »

Tho Tran

When Saigon fell in 1975, my father had just turned 24 years old and could not imagine fleeing the country of his birth and leaving his family behind. So, he decided to stay in Vietnam and was subsequently captured and detained (along with other men who were in the military, who were connected to the South Vietnamese government, or who ... Read More »

Evdokia and Michail Karsoulides

My parents were Anatolian Greeks who left Turkey for a better life in America in 1920.They went to Detroit,Mi. where other relatives went for jobs. My father started his first business,a push cart,selling food to factory workers in front of Ford motor while my mother did the laundry for the boarders sharing their home. They worked very hard. After many ... Read More »

Sandy Chitoval

Sandy recounts the story of her mother who came to the U.S. as a child on a difficult boat trip.  She describes her mother’s difficult path and devotion to her kids. Read More »

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