Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

The Life of A Hidden Soul

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

Starting off Fresh (Tonga)

Knowing that I would start a new life, my mind and heart continued to push me forward, making me actually do it while my feet were trying to stop. Which led me to today, knowing that if I had never come here, I would never be who I am right now. My name is Sylvia Wolfgramm and I was born in ... Read More »

From City to City: The 20th Century Black Girl

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

A New Life (Mexico)

We did not know if we were ever coming back alive. It was all a risk we were taking, a risk we were willing to make. I kept walking and walking through the desert. I did not want to stop, I could not stop. I had to continue — for my family, for myself. No me puedo dar por vensido. ... Read More »

The Family that Evolves (Mexico)

I do not remember what it was that was said; all I remember is the loud words being thrown at me. Many move to a different house with a somewhat easy transition. I moved to a different house illegally and uncomfortably. It was very difficult living in Mexico because my family had economic problems. My family members did not have ... Read More »

Life of the Chinese American

Imagine waking up and not hearing alarms or factories working, but instead the voices of kids yelling as they played in the courtyard, the sound of food sizzling while being cooked in a cart by our local vendor in Hong Kong. The savory yet piquant smell of Luobo Gao as it wafted throughout the air and into your living room. ... Read More »

She is Transfigured

I was living in a world of bliss filled with joy, laughter, and happily ever afters. I didn’t know it wasn’t going to last forever. I remember it being very beautiful in Michoacan, Mexico. I remember during spring, the flowers would blossom and together with my friends we would take the flowers and create different designs. Then we would wait ... Read More »

Hope (Mexico)

Before leaving he said to me, “If you have stuttered or looked down I would have rejected your visas.” I didn’t know what was going to happen at the immigration center. Me and my mom had to get approval stamps and give a believable reason to come here. Leaving Mexico was a blur. My home was in Mexico City, the heart ... Read More »

Start to a new life (from Mexico)

Rosendo with his twin daughters when they were toddlers

What I had was not enough. My mom and dad couldn’t provide me with what I wanted, only what I needed. Being the oldest of three, I didn’t really have someone to help me when I was enrolled in UABC University in Mexico, which is near the border with the U.S.,I had two majors: civil engineering and architecture. My mom ... Read More »

A Better Life

My father Juan Garcia (name changed) born in Chilpancingo Guerrerro, Mexico who I owe my life to and who inspired me to write his story. He was the third oldest of five children. He left Chilpancingo for better opportunities in the U.S. with my mom. He crossed the border illegally and made himself a home in Chicago, where he would ... Read More »

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