Category Archives: STORIES

A Sense of Place

  Coming from Argentina to Chicago, there was a big weather change but nothing my parents couldn’t handle.  They migrated to Chicago to start their own family. There was not really a plan.  My mom and dad were only in their early 20’s. It was in the 1950’s, so segregation was still going around. When they arrived in Chicago, they ... Read More »

From the Netherlands to Palo Alto to England to Palo Alto

My mother’s life started with little memory of her hometown of Amstelveen, Netherlands. While Nienke did not remember much of her hometown and where she was born, she remembers key parts of her immigration into America at the age of two years old. One thing unique to my mom though, is she has immigrated twice to the U.S., both being ... Read More »

Sacrifice (Hong Kong)

I remember one day coming home with soot and dust covering the shoulders of my coat from the pollution. My son once asked me, “Why did you leave China with such a good job to come to America? You work much harder here than back in China.” In China, I was considered upper class. I had a high income, lived ... Read More »

Craig Gibbs (New Zealand)

Craig was the first of his family to move from New Zealand and live in another country. He knew it was risky, but he was looking for opportunities that he couldn’t find in rural New Zealand. So he packed up all his belongings, which fit into only two suitcases, and left his friends and family behind him on a 6,500 ... Read More »

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 »

Koe Otua Mo Tonga Ko Hoku Tofi’a (God and Tonga are my inheritance)

My cousin arrived with news I no longer wanted to hear about. He told me my visa was approved and that I would be going to Hawaii. I told him I no longer can accept. The house I lived in was built by my Teti (dad). My teti was a sheriff and was very protective over our family. The island ... Read More »

Irma Nava, a beautiful and strong woman

As I was walking, I made it to Texas safely. As I decided to take a break and eat a little, I saw a flashlight that was targeted at me, and it was coming closer and closer to me. I was born in Michoacan, Mexico, stuck with 9 other siblings in the ranch. I remember the roosters always being my ... Read More »

The Big Move

We lived on the wrong side of town for people with our skin, and our neighbors would never let us forget that. I had to go. I was fed up. I was only 12 years old, but I knew I deserved better than this. With so much life left to live I had to ask myself, “Renael, is this going ... Read More »

Pregnant and Hopeful (Mexico)

With my ripped blue jeans, and a white shirt, I touched my belly knowing that I was pregnant. At that moment I knew I had to leave Mexico for my child. I kept on saying in my head, “lo tengo que hacer por mi hijo” I have to do it for my son. Born in 1981, I grew up in ... Read More »

Freedom is Something Worth Fighting For

Your freedom is something you should always fight for. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”-Martin Luther King Jr. My name is Jose Jimenez, I was very poor and had 9 other siblings. I grew up in Uruapan, Mexico. It is extremely hot and used to be a very small town. I ... Read More »

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