Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

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 »

Have You Ever Lost Someone?

This short video of music and visuals was made by East Palo Alto teenager and Dreamer, Sarahi Espinoza.  She was recently honored by President Obama as seen in our repost of an ABC news story.  Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarahitv/403777196395032   Read More »

Alice Lung

Alice Lung was born in Taiwan. She moved to the United States in 1979 when she was 15 years old, because her parents wanted her and her two sisters to have a better education. Once their family arrived in America, they settled in Hayward, CA. Though she had learned some English at school in Taiwan, she found the transition difficult ... Read More »

Julia Scocimara

Julia Scocimara was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1967. She moved to Canada when she was two years old. She moved with her family because her parents had lived in Germany during World War II and wanted a fresh start in someplace other than Germany. Her father was offered a job in Canada and decided it was the perfect opportunity ... Read More »

Kansen Chu

He wasn’t always San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu. When he arrived in the States, he had been Kansen Chu the engineer and then Kansen Chu the waiter. Though he grew up in Taiwan and attended the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology with a major in electrical engineering, his parents and two brothers had followed his uncle to ... Read More »

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