Category Archives: California

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 »

Carlo Baldassari

At fourteen, a  Renaissance man in the making embarked on a journey, which would mark the beginning of a new life. Carlo Baldassari was the eldest son in a family of seven children. He arrived upon the shores of Galveston and made his way to New York. In order to provide for himself, Baldassari sold brooms and possibly participated in ... 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 »

Liu and Yoly Chang-Urena

The Chang-Urena family is one founded on immigration: the movement from Taiwan to Costa Rica and from Costa Rica to the United States. Upon setting foot on “Tico” ground in 1983, Liu started on a journey, one which brought him to America with his wife and two daughters. The initial purpose of his voyage to Costa Rica from Taiwan was ... 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 »

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 »

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