Category Archives: Midwest

Angel’s Immigration Story: Courage and Fortitude

It was cold and snowy that day. We got stopped by the police. Oh, es la migra ya nos vamos patras. Oh, it’s immigration we’re now going back. But instead, the police had a dog that smelled  for drugs and other illegal weapons. The dog licked the sugar donuts that we had just bought. Until this day, I don’t like ... Read More »

Trial and Error of a Chinese American: Rebecca Li-Huang’s Immigration Story

Rebecca is an up-and-coming Chinese American author. Within three months of its publication, Rebecca’s first book Green Apple Red Book: A Trial and Errors: A Memoir of a Chinese-American has already won three awards at New York, San Francisco and Hollywood book festivals. This narrative non-fiction uses the author’s real-life experience to put the American and Chinese systems of values ... Read More »

John and Mary Davies: 1819 Welsh Immigrants

In 1819 John and Mary Davies packed up their six young children and left their home in rural mid-north Wales to undertake a two-month ocean voyage to America. This is their story. John Davies and Mary Humphreys were both born near the town of Llanfyllin in what was then Montgomeryshire, Wales – John around 1779 and Mary around 1781. Llanyfyllin ... Read More »

From Hans Georg Mülli to George Mealy

From Hans Georg Mülli to George Mealy: Cabinetmaker to Computer Programmer    In the year 1849, in the village of Schöfflisdorf, in the canton of Zürich, in Switzerland, Hans Georg Mülli was living with his wife, Anna, and three children—Heinrich, Johann Jakob, and Anna. He was a cabinetmaker. In that year he went to Zürich to apply for a passport for ... Read More »

Mary: out of the catalog

Generational forgetting has been strong in my family, but my aunt insisted that her daddy said his mother was a catalog bride from England. I so wish she had kept a diary that had been passed down. I have to imagine what her life was before and after the emigration to Oklahoma and a husband who appears in a few ... Read More »

Amitesh Bhushan

Amitesh came to the US in 1996 from New Dehli, India, to get a business degree at Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio. School led him directly into a finance job and other jobs followed until he found himself living in Palo Alto. Perhaps because of the cold weather in Cleveland, the sidewalks were relatively empty compared to the constant bustle ... Read More »

Rashmita Jani Sriram

After coming here [to America] it was clear as day, I could taste it in my mouth” -Rashmita At the young age of eight, Rashmita, moved from India all the way to Indianapolis, Indiana with her brother, mother and father. Before their big move, her mother was a stay-at-home mom, while her dad was a businessman. With the hope of ... Read More »

Ethiopian Orphan to Nonprofit Director

Check out the inspirational story of Amber Stime, one of the featured storytellers in our salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys” in November, 2014. A bomb changed her life path from Ethiopia to Minnesota. Read More »

Arie Van Bree, woodcarver from the Netherlands

Ken Vanbree’s great grandfather, Arie Vanbree was born in 1845.  At the age of 11, Arie moved with his four siblings and father from the Netherlands to New York by sailing ship. It is believed that Arie’s mother died before the family decided to immigrate. They sailed  on the “Arnold Boninger” a Prussian ship which left from Rotterdam and arrived in ... Read More »

Sam Chou: The First Snow

  He hopped from one heat vent to another, over the ones that lay outside the school buildings. It was below zero degrees Celsius, and he had only worn a down jacket and jeans. He was freezing and needed to stay warm. Sam Chou was starting his second semester at the University of Wisconsin in the year of 1990. He ... Read More »

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