Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

My American Dream

I am in, no, I was in México on my step-grandfather’s ranch, up in the trees picking all kinds of fruits, from mangos to guavas to plums. I could see the sun setting on the horizon and I saw the horses below me grazing with the cows. I was born and raised on outskirts of México City. I would always ... Read More »

Claudia: Drowning in Doctor and School Bills

  Jalisco, Mexico. It’s a really beautiful state – where I live. My name is Claudia (name was changed). I am 25 years old. My family and I have a ranch that’s an hour away from the city. I just sometimes wished that I didn’t live like this. We didn’t have enough money to pay our bills.We had really bad jobs that ... Read More »

Sela Malu: New Life as a High School Student

When Sela Malu was 16 years old she was schooling at Beulah College (high school) in the country of Tonga. She was a young, determined girl who demanded a further education to help better herself and her family in the future and was also determined to get better education opportunities such as college. Besides her being determined to get further ... Read More »

Angel’s Immigration Story: Courage and Fortitude

It was cold and snowy that day. We got stopped by the police. Oh, es la migra ya nos vamos patras. Oh, it’s immigration we’re now going back. But instead, the police had a dog that smelled  for drugs and other illegal weapons. The dog licked the sugar donuts that we had just bought. Until this day, I don’t like ... Read More »

Immigration Story Daniel Guevara: Odyssey From Guatemala

My name is Daniel Guevara. I am patient. I am outgoing. I am humble. I am one of a kind. I happily live in Hayward CA with my wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and my one year old nephew who I adore so much. I was born in 1974 in San Marcos, Guatemala. I  lived with my grandparents and started working ... Read More »

Quy Lee’s Immigration Escape Plan

It was 1975 in Vietnam. Quy was living in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. All around him, he was seeing effects of the Vietnam War and communist control. Ethnic Chinese like him were being discriminated against to the point where their houses were getting randomly searched and people lived in constant fear of getting captured and dropped off in ... Read More »

Trial and Error of a Chinese American: Rebecca Li-Huang’s Immigration Story

Rebecca is an up-and-coming Chinese American author. Within three months of its publication, Rebecca’s first book Green Apple Red Book: A Trial and Errors: A Memoir of a Chinese-American has already won three awards at New York, San Francisco and Hollywood book festivals. This narrative non-fiction uses the author’s real-life experience to put the American and Chinese systems of values ... Read More »

Kim Thanh Tran’s Immigration Story: Vietnam to California

They waved glow sticks to attract the attention of anyone who could help them. Thai pirates also prowled the waters; there was always a feeling of imminent danger. Walk into Hair 7 Salon, and you’re greeted by a small jade statue of the Buddha on the front desk. Hairdressers are quickly snipping and cutting while chatting with their customers. Kim ... Read More »

The Story Behind Stanford Professor, Jeff Koseff

Imagine someone came to you in the morning and said, “We don’t like your politics. We think that you’re plotting to overthrow the government….’”  So now you’re in jail for 180 days, in terrible circumstances. At the end of 180 days, they can say, “Okay, you’re being released.” Your family are waiting outside in the car to take you home. As you’re getting into the car somebody walks up to you and says, ... Read More »

Matra Majmundar

In 1975 Matra immigrated as an Occupational Therapist and her fiancée came as a graduate student to the University of California at Berkeley. They got married in the USA. Matra could not find a job in the Bay area and she moved to Los Angeles. After working two years in Los Angeles, she got a job in the Bay Area ... Read More »

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