Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Guitarist and Mechanic

Guillermo Ortiz (name changed), is 45 years old and was born and raised in Nueva Italia Michoacan. He immigrated from Tijuana, Mexico to San Fernando, California in the span of three days. He is currently a mechanic in gardening equipment and he likes to watch soccer and play his guitar as well as sing to pass time. I chose this ... Read More »

Leaving Civil War Behind

Imagine coming to America away from your family, but being able to escape the war, the death of your brother, and the strictness of your family from back home. Leaving the country you have known your whole life in the hope that your new life would be better than the one you had before. In hopes of education, freedom, and ... Read More »

Construction Worker Provides a Good Life

Jose Sahagun, 56, is a father of five children. I am lucky enough to be the youngest of those five kids and call him my father. Jose migrated from Jamay, Jalisco, which is a really small town near Guadalajara. He is now living in East Palo Alto, California as a construction worker for Anderson Pacific. Jose is a very hard ... Read More »

Tennis Player From the Philippines

My father was born on April 17th, 1975 at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines. He moved alone from his hometown of Malabon, PI. to the United States at the age of 19. He decided to make the big move to America when he was offered an athletic scholarship for tennis at Saint Ambrose College in Iowa. Currently, my ... Read More »

Tongan Immigrant

Keleki Tuitavake was adopted and raised by his Aunty because his father didn’t have the time nor the money to take care of him, but still loved him and currently lives in Salt Lake City with family. He grew up in Tonga in a small town on a farm with the rest of his family. He was very successful in ... Read More »

Rolando From Guatemala

Rolando Sacor, whom I owe the world to, has had to work hard to get to where he is in life today. He, like many others here today, migrated from his homeland. I had never really questioned my father about this and I now recognize why this is such an important aspect of his life. Now I’m so much more ... Read More »

Personal Care Assistant from El Salvador

My mother, Guadalupe De Los Ángeles was born in San Salvador in 1969. She is my mother and first immigrated to California. She currently works at Kaiser Hospital as a personal care assistant (pca) and occasionally takes Zumba classes. My mom is the youngest of 7 children. She lived with her parents up until she immigrated. Her brothers were very ... Read More »

Enjoying a New Life

In 1979, being born in México, Pachuca Hidalgo, a busy, but yet an enchanting big city. my father, at the age of 16, takes the risk to make his journey to illegally immigrate to the U.S, where he now ultimately lives in Northern California, with his family. I, Esther, am his oldest daughter out of five other siblings in the ... Read More »

Hard Working Restaurant Employee

His name is Ricardo Maldonado Garcia – my father. He was born on the 30th of March in the year 1963. Born into a poor Mexican family where he struggled to do anything and it didn’t help being raised in a remote pueblo in Michoacan called Tumbiscatio. He was only 18 at the time when he left his home country ... Read More »

Manuel Looked for a New Life

As I was interviewing Manuel, 44, who was born in Jalisco, Mexico, I figured out things about his past and his life that could be the reasons that things are the way they are. Manuel has migrated from Mexico to California and currently lives in East Palo Alto. He likes to take his kids out and to provide them with ... Read More »

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