Tag Archives: Eastside-AmLit19

Construction Worker Sought A Better Future

My father, Emanuel was born in Jamay Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 34 years old he decided to immigrate to the United States from Mexico. My father’s hobby was playing soccer but after he injured his foot he couldn’t really play anymore, he faced many struggles which is why he needed a better life in a different place that ... Read More »

Guitarist and Mechanic

Guillermo Ortiz (name changed), is 45 years old and was born and raised in Nueva Italia Michoacan. He immigrated from Tijuana, Mexico to San Fernando, California in the span of three days. He is currently a mechanic in gardening equipment and he likes to watch soccer and play his guitar as well as sing to pass time. I chose this ... Read More »

Janitor Entrepreneur

Juan Carlos only made $54 for working 16 hours every day. It was higher than in Mexico, which was $3 in eight hours, so he definitely was not complaining. There are many immigrants in the U.S, and my father is one of them. Juan Carlos, a 44 year old, emigrated from Mexico and immigrated to the U.S in search of ... Read More »

Leaving Civil War Behind

Imagine coming to America away from your family, but being able to escape the war, the death of your brother, and the strictness of your family from back home. Leaving the country you have known your whole life in the hope that your new life would be better than the one you had before. In hopes of education, freedom, and ... Read More »

Poverty And A Baby On The Way

He told me showing me quince pesos (which was .700 of a U.S. dollar), “ You see this, this was just enough to buy one piece of bread and feed it among all of us, it wasn’t enough”. My father is a father of three children, my brother David, My sister Diana, and me. My father has four brothers and ... Read More »

Construction Worker Provides a Good Life

Jose Sahagun, 56, is a father of five children. I am lucky enough to be the youngest of those five kids and call him my father. Jose migrated from Jamay, Jalisco, which is a really small town near Guadalajara. He is now living in East Palo Alto, California as a construction worker for Anderson Pacific. Jose is a very hard ... Read More »

Tennis Player From the Philippines

My father was born on April 17th, 1975 at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines. He moved alone from his hometown of Malabon, PI. to the United States at the age of 19. He decided to make the big move to America when he was offered an athletic scholarship for tennis at Saint Ambrose College in Iowa. Currently, my ... Read More »

Tongan Immigrant

Keleki Tuitavake was adopted and raised by his Aunty because his father didn’t have the time nor the money to take care of him, but still loved him and currently lives in Salt Lake City with family. He grew up in Tonga in a small town on a farm with the rest of his family. He was very successful in ... Read More »

Rolando From Guatemala

Rolando Sacor, whom I owe the world to, has had to work hard to get to where he is in life today. He, like many others here today, migrated from his homeland. I had never really questioned my father about this and I now recognize why this is such an important aspect of his life. Now I’m so much more ... Read More »

Personal Care Assistant from El Salvador

My mother, Guadalupe De Los Ángeles was born in San Salvador in 1969. She is my mother and first immigrated to California. She currently works at Kaiser Hospital as a personal care assistant (pca) and occasionally takes Zumba classes. My mom is the youngest of 7 children. She lived with her parents up until she immigrated. Her brothers were very ... Read More »

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