Category Archives: STORIES

A Dream Fulfilled (Egypt)

            Ali (name changed) grew up in a privileged, upper-economic status home in Cairo, Egypt.  With a light-skinned complexion and a lanky-athletic build, Ali attended one of the best private Christian schools in Cairo even though he and his family were practicing Muslims.  He was proud (and perhaps overly confident) that his English language and ... Read More »

Mechanic from Mexico

        1. How old were you when you first thought of crossing over? A: I was 15 years old and still in high school. I had heard stories about other people having success “up north”. I wanted to explore the United States and see what could be out there for me. 2. When did you actually make ... Read More »

Remembering your “why” (Russia)

            I was thirteen years old when we moved to the United States. It was my first trip on the airplane, and I remember feeling excited and scared at the same time. Scared because I have never flown on an airplane before, and excited because I wanted to see my city from a bird’s eye ... Read More »

Opportunities and Diversity Appreciated (South Korea)

            When Susan (name changed) was a child, she grew up in a small suburban town in South Korea. She lived a fairly normal childhood one could expect of the suburbs in any nation during the late 70s and early 80s, walking to school and playing in the streets until sundown.  It was a close ... Read More »

Sacrifices

          …making sacrifices is also important to growing as a person, and becoming the best possible version of yourself. Maria was born in Durango Mexico. She was the youngest of 11 siblings, who all lived in a tiny pueblo on the outskirts of the city of Durango. They had very little money, and living far away ... Read More »

Family Shop Provides Immigration Funds

              Growing up, my parents loved talking about their childhood in their intimately small community of San Fernando, Pampanga. My dad would relay stories about coming home from school and riding his bike around the neighborhood shouting “Pandesal! Pandesaaal!” trying to get people to buy his family’s freshly-baked rounds of sweet, warm and crispy ... Read More »

Guyana Agriculture Expertise Leads to Florida

            Our family friend, Basil, is from the small South American country, Guyana. He was born in a county called Corentyne, which is Southeast of the country’s capital Georgetown. He grew up in a small farming community called Bush Lot Farm and had seven siblings. At that time, Guyana was not a rich country, and ... Read More »

Leader of the “Colony”

                Neither of my parents were of the type that shared much about their growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both were born shortly before the Great Depression. Pictures of both appear to reflect that they each led hard-scrabble lives. Because they didn’t volunteer much, I wasn’t too curious as we later led ... Read More »

A Stranger in Both Countries

            As we sat comfortably across each other, I noticed Dee (name changed) looking nervous but excited to answer all my questions. I told her that it was okay to talk to me in Arabic as I wanted her to feel relaxed and free to say whatever without the constraints of English. I began by ... Read More »

Taming the Black Monster (Lebanon)

Does your culture define who you really are? Can you choose a place you call home? To answer these existentialist questions, I have had to compromise who I really am. Sharing this was a tough decision to make as these thoughts had never traveled beyond the metal, cold walls of my mind… it is an intimate story of a journey ... Read More »