Author Archives: Elliot Margolies

Through the Tunnel to the Dream

Little did I know that not only the war would last longer than I expected, but I wouldn’t see eye to eye with the country I once stood proudly for. A war broke out in Bosnia and an opportunity presented itself for Haris Japic to emigrate to Italy. After two years in Italy he admired the American Dream and sought ... Read More »

The Halo Glows Bright (Taiwan)

It has been quite a while since I started drawing again. Drawing illustrations, not the bird’s eye view of a house’s interior design, but instead the things I enjoy drawing. An angel with enormous wings, the messenger of a higher being, the messenger of light itself. I did not plan this one at all. I picked up a 2b pencil ... Read More »

Education Breakthrough (India)

Nisar grew up in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat in northwest India. He shared a large room with 11 other family members, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and both of his parents. That room was his home, kitchen, family room, bedroom, all at once. Mom used to prepare a soup made of flour and water, a daily staple stewed on ... Read More »

Confidence Without Fear

I was waiting for the security check back in Israel, clutching my Israeli passport that says, Ilan Hart. As the security guard looks at me, and then my passport, and then back at me, he asks if I was in Shirion (the tank corps in the Israeli Defense Force), and I tell him yes. “I remember you Ilan, you were ... Read More »

A Small Gift (South Korea)

The air was getting unbearable. Twenty-five minutes in the bus’s 95℉, malodorous, and humid air was too much and I was starting to doubt whether or not I could stay conscious. I knew I’d make it though. Whether it was feeling like I was going to freeze to death, almost getting kicked off the bus for making a massive puddle ... Read More »

Flipping the Switch of Home (Australia)

Flipping a switch can have any range of consequences, from turning on a light to launching a rocket. One of the most important switches, for an immigrant like me, is the switch that you flip when the country you live in becomes your home. The action of flipping the switch can be excruciatingly slow, for my husband and I it ... Read More »

Housepainter from Honduras

My dad is from Honduras and he was born in the capital of Tegucigalpa. He lived in Tegucigalpa all his life. He didn’t go to college because he didn’t want to study more. His first job after he left high school was repairing phones. He liked it but he didn’t get paid well. He got married in 2008 to a ... Read More »

Hopes to Return and Build House (Mexico)

My stepfather Mauricio (name changed) was born in 1977 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. He came to the United States to make a better living and hopefully save enough money to build a house in Mexico. In his town, there was not a lot of work because Mexico had economic problems. He had cousins, aunts, uncles, daughters and siblings that lived ... Read More »

Identity Mixup Danger (Mexico)

My cousin Carlos (name changed) was born in Morelos. He grew up in a small village with his father and his five sisters because his mother Julia left them. When he was 15 years old he moved to Acapulco Guerrero to study architecture. In late 2015 he was threatened by phone because gangsters confused him with a different person. They ... Read More »

Store Was Threatened by Gangs (Guatemala)

Valentina (name changed) was born in el Chol Baja Verapaz, Guatemala in 1984. She lived happily in that town until she was 32. She was married, had two children. She and her husband had a little store. She came to the US because of circumstances that she didn’t expect. Because the store was successful, the local gangs extorted and threatened ... Read More »

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