Category Archives: 1950 – 1975

American Journey (South Korea)

My mother was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1968 and lived there for the first five years of her life. At the time of her childhood, South Korea was rather poor, only beginning to become a developed country. She took morning walks with her family: her parents, her older brother, and her younger brother. Her younger brother would be ... Read More »

A Fresh Start for Laurain Fonseca (Nicaragua)

“The greatest nations are defined by how they treat their weakest inhabitants” – Jorge Ramos. It was just another warm summer’s night in 1965 for most people but in my case it marked a untouched official start to a new chapter in my young 16 year old life that I wouldn’t change for the world but know it’s time to ... Read More »

Immigration Story of Jay Furlong (Canada)

“It was like a Hawaii vacation that you would dream of, coming from terrible weather. But it was not a vacation. We were staying.” Growing up in the late 1960s in Edmonton, Alberta, Jay Patrick Kelly Furlong spent winters building campfires, playing ice hockey, riding snowmobiles and shooting cans with rifles in the woods. “We saw extended family much more ... Read More »

Rocio’s Journey to America (Mexico)

Fabrizio Moreira once said, “The American Dream is that any man or woman, despite his or her background, can change their circumstances and rise high as they are willing to work.” Five year old Rocio had not yet come to understand that in her young age moving to America, but little did she know she would become a living example ... Read More »

The Unknown Destiny

“I’m not an immigrant of the United States. I consider myself part of the brain drain, I came here simply for my education, expecting to return home.” My grandmother, Rita Tabourian, grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and attended school at the American University of Beirut. “My mother gave me the same opportunities she gave her son. She raised me to ... Read More »

Lourdes Trahan – Creole Comes West

I am a multiracial person with a very diverse background. My mother is biracial, she is half black and half white.  My grandmother is white and my grandfather is black. My father is multiracial, which means that my grandmother on my dad’s side is black and my grandfather is Creole, which is a mixture of black and French. Unfortunately, on ... Read More »

George Sid From China

As communism spread like wildfire across the vast land of China, my great grandfather made a decision. As soon as his father passed away he would pack up his family and take them to America. It was hard for  his first son, George, to leave Chung Sar, a small village he had been raised in outside of Hong Kong. Things ... Read More »

Looking to the Future (Germany)

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “America is another name for opportunity”. My grandmother, Marianne Kramer, believed this as well. She is a strong woman who came to America for the purpose of opportunity. She was the first person in my entire family to come to America and make a living here. Life for Marianne in Bremen, Germany was pleasant, she ... Read More »

Kimiko – Japanese Hidden Within

  Sirens blaring, fighter planes soaring, and the cries of thousands, this was the everyday life and struggles of Japanese men, women, and children. It was a life filled with bombings, hunger, and loneliness. My grandmother, Kimiko, was just five years old when World War II broke out. It was one filled with terror and misery, a world in which ... Read More »

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 »

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