Category Archives: Southwest

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 »

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 »

Between the Eyes of a Migrant (Texas)

You could say we were to chase the “American Dream,” yet we left because of our American nightmare. Oh gosh why was the car ride so long? Hope. How much more can I take of this? Hope. Why do we have to move? Hope. Why is it that I suffer the most? Hope. What more can go wrong? Hope. What ... Read More »

The Adventures of Butter Nugget (Panama)

… since we were already poor we had nothing to eat almost the entire journey. Sometimes I think, why didn’t we cook the lizard? A Panamanian family searching for a way out of poverty. Two parents, six kids, and one on the way, walking on foot to their new destiny in the U.S.A. I watch my parents argue for a ... Read More »

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 »

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