Category Archives: California

It was Just a Normal Day (Mexico)

We arrived at the beach and I was extremely happy and excited, and at that point I didn’t know we were crossing. I thought it was a normal day… until I got the news that my friend was pregnant. Little did I know that was the day my life was going to change forever. My name is Joanna. I was ... Read More »

The Life of A Hidden Soul

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

The Life Made for Me

Where it all began!

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

From the South Pacific to Shoreview

I was darker than most, as were my kids, and had often gone through numerous racial encounters. I had been called ‘nigger’ or ‘bum’ by people who didn’t want to hire me or even by people on the street as I walked by with my children. I was born in Niuatoputapu, Tonga. It’s a small island and one of the ... Read More »

Starting off Fresh (Tonga)

Knowing that I would start a new life, my mind and heart continued to push me forward, making me actually do it while my feet were trying to stop. Which led me to today, knowing that if I had never come here, I would never be who I am right now. My name is Sylvia Wolfgramm and I was born in ... Read More »

From City to City: The 20th Century Black Girl

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

A New Life (Mexico)

We did not know if we were ever coming back alive. It was all a risk we were taking, a risk we were willing to make. I kept walking and walking through the desert. I did not want to stop, I could not stop. I had to continue — for my family, for myself. No me puedo dar por vensido. ... Read More »

The Unforgotten (Tonga)

It always dawned on me that once I leave, a part of me will be missing. Now a proud citizen of America, I must tell how and why I became the person that stands before you today. I am proudly known as Malia Imalata Tofavaha, mother of 4 wonderful kids, wonderful friend to many, and a soulmate to one. From ... Read More »

La Venida (Guatemala)

It was very hot in there and we had to wait for 3 days inside this tank, not knowing when I would get to see the world. I was born in Guatemala, a little town called Chimaltenango, where farming is still the way to go. The only way of living is crops, with only my mother and my grandfather. I was ... Read More »

The Family that Evolves (Mexico)

I do not remember what it was that was said; all I remember is the loud words being thrown at me. Many move to a different house with a somewhat easy transition. I moved to a different house illegally and uncomfortably. It was very difficult living in Mexico because my family had economic problems. My family members did not have ... Read More »

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