Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Tho Tran

When Saigon fell in 1975, my father had just turned 24 years old and could not imagine fleeing the country of his birth and leaving his family behind. So, he decided to stay in Vietnam and was subsequently captured and detained (along with other men who were in the military, who were connected to the South Vietnamese government, or who ... Read More »

Julio Navarrete

  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The plaque at the base of the statue of liberty reminds us what this country stands for. As an eight-year-old crossing the border, I ... Read More »

Sandy Chitoval

Sandy recounts the story of her mother who came to the U.S. as a child on a difficult boat trip.  She describes her mother’s difficult path and devotion to her kids. Read More »

Mindy Nguyen

She tells the story of her father who tried to escape from Vietnam three times and finally made his way by boat to the Phillipines and a refugee camp there.  Eventually he made it to the U.S. with just the clothes on his back.  He found some entry level work, and was able to become a welder. Read More »

Maria Hernandez

Story by Maria Hernandez     English translation of video clip: My name is Maria Hernandez. Hernandez is my marriage name. My maiden name from my hometown is Castañeda. I’m from Las Varas, Nayarit México. This is my youngest child. I have two other ones. I’m 36 years old.  My favorite food is Ceviche because of my state….. it’s a ... Read More »

Christian Back

Christian tells a story of growing up in Germany and then the U.S. and being labeled as “different” due to his looks and later his accent. He relates the decisions he made based on prejudices he encountered. Watch his video story at:  Read More »

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