Tag Archives: ESL

Finding Gold Within; Leaving China When It Looked Safe To Go

My parents were afraid to file the paperwork necessary to immigrate because if anything went wrong, they could be severely punished by the government. “Where is all the gold?” I thought as my preconceptions about America were shattered and I dejectedly peered out the plane window at the end of my eighteen-hour flight to America from my hometown, Taishan, a ... Read More »

Thulan Ly: Cosmetologist and Chemical Engineer

  In South Vietnam, the famous, and well-known Ly family enjoyed life and observing their traditions. Thulan’s father had a successful business, but turned it over to one of his sons so he could become a monk while spending two years in a cave at the top of Ba Den Mountain.  When he returned to his family’s land he erected a ... Read More »

Gonzalo’s Migration Story

It was 1977 when Gonzalo was left in an orphanage in Puebla, Mexico while he was still a child. For about 12 years Gonzalo lived in the orphanage. Gonzalo did all kinds of things in the orphanage, things such as picking up the cow poop, milking goats, and going to other cities in Mexico. One thing Gonzalo liked about the ... Read More »

Yancie Alfaro’s Immigration Story: A Dream Come True

Yancie Alfaro was born in El Salvador, Central America. Her father passed away when she was five years old. Her mother took care of her and her four siblings. When Yancie was in high school, she met Rodrigo Alfaro, who fifteen years later is her husband. In 2003, Rodrigo moved to the United States to continue his studies and Yancie ... Read More »

Quy Lee’s Immigration Escape Plan

It was 1975 in Vietnam. Quy was living in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. All around him, he was seeing effects of the Vietnam War and communist control. Ethnic Chinese like him were being discriminated against to the point where their houses were getting randomly searched and people lived in constant fear of getting captured and dropped off in ... Read More »

Wilson Feels an Angel’s Wings

      I Am Poem I am a special person in my life I wonder about my life in the future I hear a unicorn’s cry I see in my life a good person I want to graduate from high school I am special person for myself I pretend to meet new people and places I feel an angel’s ... Read More »

Josue – Tries Not to Fall Into Bad Habits

I Am Poem I am a good person and hard working guy that likes to play sports. I wonder how to visit my family in Dominican Republic. I hear that there will be soccer tryouts this summer in my school. I see people that don’t do their work at school. I want to be better in life. I am pretty ... Read More »

Azucena Wants to be a Nurse

I Am Poem I am from Guatemala and I want to be a nurse I wonder why the beach is very big I hear birds singing in the rainbow I see beautiful landscapes I want a very fun life I am from Guatemala and I want to be a nurse I pretend to be a very intelligent student I feel ... Read More »

Jose, Loves to Draw

I Am Poem I am a good person and good student. I wonder why there is so much violence. I hear music in my home. I see beautiful girls in Brazil. I want to be a mechanic. I am a good person and good student. I pretend to speak more language. I feel scared when I see the trooper. I ... Read More »

Liz Gulevich

Liz Gulevich was one of our featured storytellers at our salon November 9, 2014 called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” She tells a captivating story about the empowerment of her immigrant mother during her mother’s sunset years in Palo Alto, California. There’s a surprise near the end that involves an audience member. Read More »

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