Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Other Life (Mexico)

Mexico 1994. I was 18 years old when, for the first time in my life, I had problems with drug addiction. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t go to school, and I lived from what my parents had, but it was not enough to have a good life.  We were very poor.  I remember that my father worked hard ... Read More »

Reflections On What’s Missed and What’s Gained (Mexico)

I grew up in La Mesa de la Providencia Tlachichila Nochistlán, Zacatecas, México. I remember that it was a small town, where a small amount of people lived and everyone there was mostly family. For me that is the most beautiful place in this world and the best place to live. It was so small that everyone would know everyone, ... Read More »

Journey In The 80’s (Mexico)

Rodolfo Vazquez was a kid, in a family of three boys and two girls.  He grew up in Sonora, Mexico in the city of Obregon. At the age of 15, he started to work with his dad, helping him building houses near his house.  That’s how Rodolfo started to get experience in building structures. At the age of 19, he ... Read More »

The Sad Part of Coming to America (El Salvador)

A man named Carlos Zepeda, from the small country of El Salvador in Central America, one day decided to come to the United States with his girlfriend; he moved to the United States for better opportunities and a better life. He learned English the hard way, and he also worked very hard. In his country, he had people who did ... Read More »

Story of Ramon Martinez (Mexico)

In pursuit of a better life, Ramon Martinez migrated to the U.S. from Cañadas de Obregon, Jalisco when he was only 15 years old. He went from living on a small ranch, where everyone knew each other and he worked on a farm with his father, to abandoning that life in pursuit of the American Dream. Ramon remembers life in ... Read More »

How My Father Made It Into America (India)

My father’s father was middle class and from a small village in India. His parents died in a fatal accident, and he was brought up as an only child by relatives. Through hard work and labor, he managed to find a wife and support his only child, my father. The drive and work ethic of my grandfather was passed down ... Read More »

Take Risks (Mexico)

My father started his life in a small town in Mexico named San Joaquin. It was there where he grew up with his 6 brothers and 5 sisters, everyone different from the last. It was a poor town where he and his family  lived. There were no paved roads, everything was just mud, dirt or rocks. There was trash everywhere, ... Read More »

Priority of Love (China)

My name is Zhang Min (name changed for anonymity), I can go by Lisa and throughout my whole life I valued one thing: Happiness. Coming to the U.S. was a long ride that was worth every step of the way, I dreamt of leaving my family because I didn’t feel loved by them. In the early days of 1968 my ... Read More »

Maria Hernandez’s Immigration Story (Mexico)

As life presents itself as an endless cycle of the same thing everyday, some people will take any opportunity to make a change. My mother Maria Hernandez was born in Nayarit, Mexico in a small fishing ranch, right next to the Rio Grande de Santiago. Being the eldest of five children, Maria spent her time going to highschool and cooking ... Read More »

The Golden American Dream of (Viet Nam)

On November 1, 1955 the Vietnam War began, the North Vietnamese against the South Vietnamese. It was hard for the people and for the government. Tons of people had to leave. People couldn’t live under these conditions. The north came over to the south and robbed the south. Kim’s family (name changed) left when she was eighteen years old to ... Read More »

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