Category Archives: Came from

From Arteaga Michoacan: New Life in Redwood City

My name is Esther. It was twenty years ago when I was living in Arteaga Michoacan. I was living in a small ranch with my mother, my husband, and my two little kids. It was small, and had a small creek on the side. The smell of avocados came from the several big avocado trees. I see my two children ... Read More »

Michoacan Mexico: 12 Year Old Ice Cream Vendor

No education. Hard work. Poor. That is my life in Michoacan, Mexico. My family lived in a ranch type of home. Everyday in the hot sunny morning, I would breath in the scent of fresh dry dirt the moment I stepped outside onto the dry, cracked dirt road, wearing almost the same exact clothes each day: A plain white shirt ... Read More »

Migration from Mexico: Homesick But Glad

Everything was so new and different. Nothing was the same as how it used to be back in Cihuatlan, Mexico. The warmth was not the same. The food did not have the same organic taste to it most of the food were all mostly processed. The city was big compared to Cihuatlan where there were only to streets that crossed ... Read More »

Leaving El Salvador Poverty for New Opportunities

If all of my kids graduate from college, I would feel like the happiest woman in the world.” The year was 2001 when I was working on a farm with my parents. I had a hard life because we were not rich and had to work hard. We had to take care of animals and had to work every day. ... Read More »

Migrated to America for the Children’s Futures

photo by Daniel Lobo[/caption] The year was 2000 when Rosendo just got into Arizona, but it didn’t start out well at all. All that they were able to see was sand and all he could feel was the hot wind in his face. His wife, Evelia, was pregnant and while getting over the fence she falls around 15 feet onto ... Read More »

Perseverance and Steady Progress

My dad lived in Guatemala with his mom, dad and sister. They lived in a small neighborhood with security. He lived in a private place, not a poor area. He has an older sister and she moved to America alone. Four months after his sister left, he woke up one morning with his dad and mom downstairs with the smell ... Read More »

Memory Is Our Home: Transition from Poland

In 1968 an unmistakable anti-Semitic undertone came out into the open, and ‘intellectual’ and ‘Jew’ were words used interchangeably to degrade those who criticized the Polish government. Thus began the targeting of Jewish students, professors, and professionals. The result was that most Polish Jews lost their jobs and about 30,000 were forced out of Poland. Of the over 3 million ... Read More »

Stacked like Fire Wood

I remember when two people attacked me and put two guns on my head and said they would kill me if I didn’t give them money.” My parents didn’t know each other that well yet. They both lived in Guatemala. My mom’s family was very poor, but my mom is a kind, hard working woman. There are six of them ... Read More »

Immigration Story: Dangerous Passage to New Life

When I was 17 years old, I always dreamed about living in the United States. I lived in a small farm in Aguililla Michoacan, Mexico. In 6th grade, I dropped out to help my parents with the work around the farm. Being the oldest was not the easiest for me. I had large amounts of responsibilities. My parents were somewhat ... Read More »

Hungarian Legacy: Holocaust, Revolution, and Irénke néni

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. It erupted October 23, 1956 and was brutally suppressed by Soviet troops on November 4th. I escaped with my family to Austria a few weeks later. Within three months, 200,000 Hungarians from a country of 10 million had fled to the West. Many did not make it, shot on the ... Read More »

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