Category Archives: California

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 »

Firdous Kamran

I came here from Canada. My husband got immigration papers from IBM Canada to IBM Oakland. We wanted to move from the cold weather and thought about Calfornia. My husband interviewed and was hired by IBM, and we got immigration papers through his work. This weather is the best weather in the whole world. Maybe that’s why people are always ... Read More »

Veronica

Hedi Framm Anton was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center’s salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” She is an immigration attorney and tells the story of a client, Veronica, who has faced a formidable parallel challenge to the one of gaining citizenship in the U.S. Read More »

Maria Marroquin

  Maria recounts the first months of her immigration to the U.S., her struggles to make a decent living, raise a son, and steer clear of ICE.  Maria is the Executive Director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.  She was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” Read More »

Jim Shelby

Jim Shelby was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center’s October salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.”  He tells a love story about meeting his wife in Europe and then trying to imagine daily life through her eyes as a new immigrant to the U.S. Read More »

Chike Nwoffiah

Chike Nwoffiah was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center’s salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” His story, recorded in this 10 minute video, is “Reflections of a Nigerian American: A Third Identity.” Chike is an adjunct professor at Menlo College, director of plays and films, and founder of the Oriki Theater in Mountain View. 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 »

Isabel

I was born in Jalisco, Mexico to a 17 year old man and an 18 year old woman. Both of my parents were poor and my father dropped out of school so that he could financially provide for his family. My mother graduated high school but found few opportunities for employment in the small town in which they lived. My ... 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 »

Liliana Campos

Below is a bio followed by a story written by Lilliana for the website “Things I’ll Never Say” –  created by “Dreamers” (undocumented young people who came to the U.S. with their parents and would be eligible for the Dream Act if it ever becomes law)  at the organization Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) in San Francisco. Liliana Campos is a ... Read More »

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