Category Archives: California

How My Father Made It Into America (India)

My father’s father was middle class and from a small village in India. His parents died in a fatal accident, and he was brought up as an only child by relatives. Through hard work and labor, he managed to find a wife and support his only child, my father. The drive and work ethic of my grandfather was passed down ... Read More »

Immigration Story of Yasmine Mourad (Lebanon)

If your parent has the opportunity to come to America and work in one of the most successful cities, would you be willing to leave your life behind and start a new journey? Palo Alto High School junior, Yasmine Mourad, moved to the United States in 2016 when her dad, Mohamed Mourad, was given an opportunity to work at the ... Read More »

Take Risks (Mexico)

My father started his life in a small town in Mexico named San Joaquin. It was there where he grew up with his 6 brothers and 5 sisters, everyone different from the last. It was a poor town where he and his family  lived. There were no paved roads, everything was just mud, dirt or rocks. There was trash everywhere, ... Read More »

Priority of Love (China)

My name is Zhang Min (name changed for anonymity), I can go by Lisa and throughout my whole life I valued one thing: Happiness. Coming to the U.S. was a long ride that was worth every step of the way, I dreamt of leaving my family because I didn’t feel loved by them. In the early days of 1968 my ... Read More »

American Journey (South Korea)

My mother was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1968 and lived there for the first five years of her life. At the time of her childhood, South Korea was rather poor, only beginning to become a developed country. She took morning walks with her family: her parents, her older brother, and her younger brother. Her younger brother would be ... Read More »

A Fresh Start for Laurain Fonseca (Nicaragua)

“The greatest nations are defined by how they treat their weakest inhabitants” – Jorge Ramos. It was just another warm summer’s night in 1965 for most people but in my case it marked a untouched official start to a new chapter in my young 16 year old life that I wouldn’t change for the world but know it’s time to ... Read More »

Maria Hernandez’s Immigration Story (Mexico)

As life presents itself as an endless cycle of the same thing everyday, some people will take any opportunity to make a change. My mother Maria Hernandez was born in Nayarit, Mexico in a small fishing ranch, right next to the Rio Grande de Santiago. Being the eldest of five children, Maria spent her time going to highschool and cooking ... Read More »

Lourdes Trahan – Creole Comes West

I am a multiracial person with a very diverse background. My mother is biracial, she is half black and half white.  My grandmother is white and my grandfather is black. My father is multiracial, which means that my grandmother on my dad’s side is black and my grandfather is Creole, which is a mixture of black and French. Unfortunately, on ... Read More »

Guitarist (Germany)

Otto grew up in Germany and at a young age was enrolled with the Nazi youth. After leaving he joined the German Navy and fought in World War Two. He was captured by the British and put in a British camp until the end of the war. He got to go home after the war and got a job playing ... Read More »

The Golden American Dream of (Viet Nam)

On November 1, 1955 the Vietnam War began, the North Vietnamese against the South Vietnamese. It was hard for the people and for the government. Tons of people had to leave. People couldn’t live under these conditions. The north came over to the south and robbed the south. Kim’s family (name changed) left when she was eighteen years old to ... Read More »

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