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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 »

Ubaldo’s Immigration Journey

Back in his home country, Ubaldo lived in a ranch house and worked for his dad. In the farm he had, he had been collecting eggs, milking cows, and pasturing sheep. He still attended school but when he didn’t he would work in the farm. When he was about 13 his dad died, and he had to take over as ... Read More »

Perseverance and Steady Progress

My dad lived in Guatemala with his mom, dad and sister. They lived in a small neighborhood with security. He lived in a private place, not a poor area. He has an older sister and she moved to America alone. Four months after his sister left, he woke up one morning with his dad and mom downstairs with the smell ... Read More »

Immigration Story: Dangerous Passage to New Life

When I was 17 years old, I always dreamed about living in the United States. I lived in a small farm in Aguililla Michoacan, Mexico. In 6th grade, I dropped out to help my parents with the work around the farm. Being the oldest was not the easiest for me. I had large amounts of responsibilities. My parents were somewhat ... Read More »

Leaving Mexico’s Poverty to Construct a New Life

In Hidalgo Mexico my house was made of sticks and the roof was made of grass. For me and my family it is a beautiful place to live in even though we were poor. Where I lived with my five big sisters and me – the little brother and two nieces and a nephew. I worked in the crops to ... Read More »

Kim Thanh Tran’s Immigration Story: Vietnam to California

They waved glow sticks to attract the attention of anyone who could help them. Thai pirates also prowled the waters; there was always a feeling of imminent danger. Walk into Hair 7 Salon, and you’re greeted by a small jade statue of the Buddha on the front desk. Hairdressers are quickly snipping and cutting while chatting with their customers. Kim ... Read More »

Rafa: An Ordinary Tale By No Standards

I’ll come to you in six more years and instead of a bike, I will have a car. Instead of a room, I will have a house, and instead of having to do odd jobs, I will speak English well enough to be a manager of some place. “My story is just like anyone else’s who came to this country ... Read More »

Vincenzo Cortese

The apricot trees in Santa Clara Valley have been planted and watered to flourish into a fruitful county. The nutrients of the soil in which these trees were rooted remain plentiful in the legacy of Vincenzo Cortese. In the year 1911,  thirteen-year-old Vincenzo Cortese followed his father and older brother to Chicago alongside his mother and sister. The journey from ... Read More »

Kansen Chu

He wasn’t always San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu. When he arrived in the States, he had been Kansen Chu the engineer and then Kansen Chu the waiter. Though he grew up in Taiwan and attended the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology with a major in electrical engineering, his parents and two brothers had followed his uncle to ... Read More »

José

    English transcription of video: My name is Jose DeRenteria and my story begins like this. My father was a farmworker; at the time it was called Bracero. When he returned to Mexico after being here as a Bracero, we were a lot of family; lots of brothers and sisters. He was living in Mexico City with my mother ... Read More »

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