Category Archives: Came from

Medical Expenses Lead to Immigration

Life in La Mira was basically perfect for my mother as well as for her six sisters and four brothers. She loved to go to the beach with her friends and just hang out with them especially on Sundays. Then one day her dad got really sick and they needed to check what he had. Later on they figured out ... Read More »

Crossing to the “Land of the Better”

“they taste nothing like the ones sold over there huh?…”, I said to him. He only smiled and said, “todo aya sabe mejor…” “everything over there tastes better…”. I was only 19 when we chose to make this decision…… my husband and I believed that coming to the United States would be as simple as the answer everyone gives – ... Read More »

Border Kept Her Separate From Family At Difficult Times

                            One of the memories she has from when she first got here was her first shower. In Mexico she was used to taking bucket baths. In her first encounter with a shower here she was very confused because she was not given a container or bowl ... Read More »

Leaving Guatemala

My dad lived in San Raymundo, which is a municipality in Guatemala. He lived in a nice, medium sized house with his 2 brothers, sister, and his parents. My dad had many responsibilities around his house. He would wake up at around 5 every morning to take care of the cows and the crops, and then he would get ready ... Read More »

The “Promised Land” and Its Challenges

The person I chose to interview was my father, Enrique Aranda, who was born April 7 1977 in Jalisco, Mexico. He left Ahuisculco, the little town he lived in in Jalisco, when he was about 17 years old out of curiosity of the “promised land” and the opportunity he was given through music. Music is a huge part of his ... Read More »

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 »

Fikriye’s Immigration Story From Turkey

Fikriye left Turkey, her home country, for the first time in 1996. She grew up on a farm, while being raised by her mother and grandparents. Her father left at the time that Fikriye was five years old, which made her feel sad and disappointed because it seemed to her that her father did not love her. Fikriye father had ... Read More »

Swedish American Risk Taker, Restaurateur

In 1981, Ambjörn Lindskog, a nuclear physicist from Sweden, took a plane to America, starting a chapter of his life that would change him forever. Although he did not know it at the time, the American dream would inspire him to do do great things, and would drive him to achieve things he never thought possible. He was born on ... Read More »

Leaving Hong Kong Before It Changed Hands

Ms Zen was born in mainland China and moved to Hong Kong with her sibling and parents when she was young. Her family’s living situation and condition in Hong Kong was drastically different from when they were in China. They shared one kitchen and one bathroom with eight tenants and two landlords, and her family of four shared a bedroom ... 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 »

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