Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

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 »

A Land of Opportunity: A Q&A with Joan Shen

             When you take different paths, life ends differently   Q: Where did you come from and what was your life like there? Joan Shen: I came from Shanghai, and was a college student there. I had a simple and happy life.   Q: When did you come to the U.S. and for what reason? ... Read More »

Koichi Koba

Koichi Koba was born December 13, 1944 in Manchuria, China. Koichi’s father worked as a geologist for Imperial Japan and was conducting a study about the minerals in the area. In September of 1945 Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces ending the war in the Pacific theater. As Japanese Nationals in a hostile country Koichi and his family had to ... Read More »

Roberto Munoz

Roberto was one of our featured storytellers at the salon, “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys” on November 9th, 2014. He shares the riveting details of his passage to the US from Mexico as a 15 year old. You can also see his story in Spanish here. Read More »

From Algeria to California – Mehdi Kaci

Mehdi was twenty years old, the only child in the Kaci family still under 21. This was lucky timing as it allowed him to qualify as a minor child and be a part of his parents’ United States Diversity Visa application. His older brother and sister would have to find another way if they were ever to emigrate to the ... Read More »

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