Category Archives: when

Thomas Henry Sanders

          My grandfather, Thomas Henry Sanders, worked at Rudge-Whitworth in England, a bicycle manufactory in Coventry, England and left because of a broken heart. His best friend who also worked at Rudge-Whitworth got the girl. They stayed good friends! My grandfather took a job teaching finance in Japan.  I guess you could do that in those ... Read More »

Vanessa Sandoval

  Vanessa tells her family immigration story from Mexico and the value she places on education.  Her father was a miner in Bishop, CA.   Read More »

Percy Morgan

Percy Tredegar Morgan was born in London in 1862 into a distinguished family of Welsh origins. At age 21, after learning bookkeeping, auditing, and other skills, he left England for the United States to work for mining companies in Nevada, Denver and Montana. His experiences and legacy of just the first 15 years of his life in America are amazing. ... Read More »

1998

  At the height of dot.com boom with Margaux 8 months old landed in SF with 103 F fever, hand and mouth and foot disease nowhere to stay, no family PhD in pocket came to do a post-doc in HIV research ended up with post-partum depression and a divorce From Belgium been here 15 years thought I would only stay ... Read More »

Adriana Garcia

  Ms. Garcia was born in San Jose, CA, but tells how the family moved back to Mexico hoping to stay there on a small farm they cultivated.  A drought made it impossible to stay on the farm in 1985 and they returned to the U.S.   Read More »

Maria and Juan

Maria and Juan are two people who work for a local nursery. “We do it all: weeding, picking, making flower bouquets,” she said. They have worked for the same farm for twenty years now. She explained, “If you work here you pay less rent. Other people in town pay a lot more for houses that are in really bad condition.” ... Read More »

Undocumented Undergraduate

In this season of my life, I am a freshmen undergraduate student at a university in California. Like the typical undergraduate, I live in a dorm room and often stay up ungodly hours of the night typing away term papers like the rest of them. At my university, I am just your average nineteen-year-old, freshmen girl fulfilling her educational requirements. ... Read More »

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