Category Archives: Northwest

Escaping Post-War Vietnam

“We left our house with our small bag to go to the cargo ship knowing that I may never see my house again, and that we could be shot for walking the streets during the curfew.” My uncle Tai was born and grew up in Cholon. Cholon was a district of Saigon which was the capital of old South Vietnam. ... Read More »

Huey Leong

In the early 1900s, my great grandpa smuggled himself in a boat, hiding from the authorities, coming to America, not knowing what his future held, in a foreign land thousands of miles from his family. My great grandpa, Huey Leong, was born in Canton, China, a period of many cultural uprisings. Huey felt that his life was unfulfilled, and was ... Read More »

Freedom’s Call (Korea)

Focusing on improving his golf game and visiting family, Jack Jhin lives his life relaxed. At 81, Jack has been through countless tales, both wonderful and terrible experiences. For this story, he recalls his journey to America and his life there as a first-generation immigrant. Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, Jack Jhin was very fortunate. Coming from a family ... Read More »

My Journey Crossing La Linea

1994 was when everything went downhill in Mexico. I wasn’t getting enough money to provide for my family, and if it wasn’t for the money I would still be in Michoacan. My two friends and I decided to leave El Sauz De Magaña Michoacan the Rancho, where I was raised, to come to the United States. The jobs in Mexico ... Read More »

Ibrahima Diallo Immigration Story

This is what the plane that I took look like.

Every time I went outside at night, I was scared to be chased by the police. In my home country of Guinea, the weather is sometimes hot and cold. I went to a private school where I had to pay, and my classes had more than thirty people. Also, dirt is found almost everywhere in the city. There were no ... Read More »

Start to a new life (from Mexico)

Rosendo with his twin daughters when they were toddlers

What I had was not enough. My mom and dad couldn’t provide me with what I wanted, only what I needed. Being the oldest of three, I didn’t really have someone to help me when I was enrolled in UABC University in Mexico, which is near the border with the U.S.,I had two majors: civil engineering and architecture. My mom ... Read More »

Crossing La Linea

In 1994, everything went downhill for me in Mexico. I wasn’t getting enough money to provide for my family. If it wasn’t for the money, I would still be in Michoacan. My two friends and I decided to leave El Sauz De Magaña Michoacan the Rancho, where I was raised to come to the United States. The jobs in Mexico ... Read More »

Poverty in Japan 1959

. My name is Jorga Toshinyo (name changed). In 1959, I am 9 years old and living in I live with my mom, dad and my sister. The area I live in is really bad because every day, we are at war with some gangs that live around us, and we can’t afford to eat. We can’t even have a good ... Read More »

Immigration Story from Mauritania

Seconds, minutes, and hours pass by. Her legs are cramping. The market is very crowded with people buying food, clothes, and utensils. Her stand is filled with vegetables and fruits she and her family had grown. This is how they earned money. Daouda (orig: Kadidiatou Diallo) is from a country in Africa called Mauritania. She was born on January 20th, ... Read More »

Nicaragua to America

Karla grew up in a 3 member family, consisting of her oldest brother, oldest sister, and Aunt Martha. Her other brothers lived with a different family. Their mom lived in America and Karla would receive calls periodically. From 1st-6th grade, she attended a catholic school where nuns were the educators and “spanking” with the ruler was acceptable, and the students ... Read More »

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