Category Archives: California

Made in Taiwan

From that day on, he told himself that if he couldn’t fly aircraft, he could at least make one. The number 8 in Chinese culture has always been a prized symbol, with its pronunciation sounding similar to prosperity and good fortune.  My father was born on August 8th, 1958, and throughout his childhood, he was always told he was lucky ... Read More »

Koe Otua Mo Tonga Ko Hoku Tofi’a (God and Tonga are my inheritance)

My cousin arrived with news I no longer wanted to hear about. He told me my visa was approved and that I would be going to Hawaii. I told him I no longer can accept. The house I lived in was built by my Teti (dad). My teti was a sheriff and was very protective over our family. The island ... Read More »

Irma Nava, a beautiful and strong woman

As I was walking, I made it to Texas safely. As I decided to take a break and eat a little, I saw a flashlight that was targeted at me, and it was coming closer and closer to me. I was born in Michoacan, Mexico, stuck with 9 other siblings in the ranch. I remember the roosters always being my ... Read More »

The Big Move

We lived on the wrong side of town for people with our skin, and our neighbors would never let us forget that. I had to go. I was fed up. I was only 12 years old, but I knew I deserved better than this. With so much life left to live I had to ask myself, “Renael, is this going ... Read More »

Pregnant and Hopeful (Mexico)

With my ripped blue jeans, and a white shirt, I touched my belly knowing that I was pregnant. At that moment I knew I had to leave Mexico for my child. I kept on saying in my head, “lo tengo que hacer por mi hijo” I have to do it for my son. Born in 1981, I grew up in ... Read More »

Freedom is Something Worth Fighting For

Your freedom is something you should always fight for. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”-Martin Luther King Jr. My name is Jose Jimenez, I was very poor and had 9 other siblings. I grew up in Uruapan, Mexico. It is extremely hot and used to be a very small town. I ... Read More »

The Perspective of Augustine Williams

Augustine Williams. Who is he? He is my cousin and plays on a professional soccer team for the Portland Timbers. Ever since he was a little kid, it was his dream to play for a professional soccer team, and now he is living that dream. Growing up, Augustine came from a place where there were many hardships. Being born in ... Read More »

Never Give Up (Mexico)

Estoy orgulloso de lo que soy y de lo que me he convertido. Estoy orgulloso de mi esposo y mis 4 hijos. I am proud of who I am and what I’ve become. I am proud of my Husband and my 4 children that I deeply love. I was born in Michoacan, Mexico on July 31, 1988. I was the ... Read More »

Louisiana Family

My name is Saundra Stamps. My parents were both born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA), and I was born in San Mateo, California, but spent most summers in New Orleans. I was fortunate to grow up in a two-parent household. My father was an entrepreneur and the first African American owner of an upholstery and interior design business ... Read More »

Mi Vida Pasada y Nueva (My Past and New Life)

But this is all that I wanted, a life that I can survive through and be happy. I only paid a nickel to cross the U.S./Mexico border, which is not a lot today, but it was a lot for me back then. I was very young and vulnerable. This was the year of 1902. All I wanted was a better ... Read More »

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