Category Archives: Southwest

Hai Phan’s American Dream

The sounds of gunfire, cannons, and people in your town screaming are signs that your life is going to change. My mother is from Vietnam and had her life change because of war. She is now living happily here in America. This is Hai Phan’s life story. My mom was born in South Vietnam in 1974. “The life back then ... Read More »

Leaving Violence-Torn El Salvador

On her second day of being in the United States she found a job packaging lettuce, and although it was a difficult task to do, she earned nearly 16 times what she would’ve earned in El Salvador in a week. My mother, Ana  was born in La Libertad, El Salvador – just a few miles away from the capital, San ... Read More »

Venugopal Menon: A Doctor’s Tale Of Migration

I came to the US from India in 1969. I was born in pre-independent colonial, British India during WW II and was educated as a doctor. I  served in  the Indian Army before leaving the country. I was looking  for higher education,  better opportunities, and to earn the American Dream.  I landed in Washington, DC, moved to CT for a year, and ... Read More »

Estela Marin’s Immigration Story

Estela Marin was a young girl that didn’t have the things that the others had. She was 11 when she started working. Life was very hard for her because her family was really poor and really couldn’t afford stuff. She got food for Christmas and money from jobs. Her mom and dad finally decided that they needed they needed to ... Read More »

Patricia : Mother and Role Model

This is the story of a female immigrant that came to America, leaving her home, family, and memories to create a better living environment for her children. Her name was Patricia Hernandez Galvez and she was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1972. During her childhood she lived with her older brother Hector, her younger brother Freddie, and both her mom ... Read More »

Empowering Immigration Story: Sanjuanita Hinojosa

She worked two jobs to keep us fed, clothed and with a place to live . Sanjuanita worked in the fields in the morning and took the night shift at Hunt’s Wesson Foods a tomato canning company…” Mom immigrated first to McAllen, Texas from Estación Aldamas Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she worked as a maid. Due to poverty and your ... Read More »

Kim Le

  Kim is a Silicon Valley CEO. But her path to success was definitely NOT a cakewalk.  Here she tells a gripping story about escape from Vietnam and other challenges that she had to overcome along the way.   Kim was one of 8 featured storytellers at the Media Center’s salon called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” Read More »

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