Category Archives: Asia

Strong Willed and Thriving (Laos)

Robert is a first-generation Laotian refugee who has reached his American Dream of owning his home, being active in his children’s lives and saving for his children’s future. He has overcome many obstacles in order to be where he is now–working as a Chief Of Construction Services. He began his journey here in San Jose, where he attended primary schooling and then started working when he was ... Read More »

Newscaster for Chinese Community (Taiwan)

              Lynne Ku is an ambitious, caring, and persevering force. She was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 2001 to join her husband who had already been living in San Francisco. Her guiding motto is “just get it done” and she tackles whatever the challenges are with a commitment to overcome them ... Read More »

Muslim Immigrant on County Human Rights Commission (Pakistan)

          When she immigrated from Pakistan, Siddique initially come to Michigan to support her husband who was pursuing his master’s in electrical engineering. Later, she was able to become a medical technician at the former Lexington Brothers Hospital in San Jose, California. Working as a medical technician allowed her to find her passion of helping others ... Read More »

Dumplings and Music Can Overcome Differences

        Linda Yan was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to the United States at the age fourteen as an international student. Initially, she planned on completing her education in the U.S. and going back to her homeland. However, she stayed in the U. S. to pursue higher education at Stanford University and is now a graduate ... Read More »

Kindness, Gratitude and Power To Change Lives (Philippines)

Mylene Madrid is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines who arrived in the U.S. when she was nine with her mother and two sisters. Her kindness, compassion, and motivation to make the U.S. a safe and welcoming place for communities that are struggling for a new beginning in this country is both inspiring and relatable.  Mylene’s father first arrived in ... Read More »

Community Service Career (Vietnam)

              Don Long came to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam when he was a child. In reflecting on his journey prior to coming to this country, he talks about images from a refugee camp that was very crowded  with over 30,000 individuals in a limited space that restricted their freedom. Although ... Read More »

Japanese Immigrants to Hawaii Affected by Two Wars

                I am a fifth generation Japanese-Hawaiian child with not so many connections to my past. I had asked my mother who my family was and to my surprise, she told me about the history of both her side and my father’s side of my family. Like myself, she didn’t have any knowledge ... Read More »

Success is Easier in the US than in India

                  The first thing I noticed when starting the interview was that It was kind of awkward. My dad and I haven’t talked deeply about his experience in coming to America, although I was excited to see where we would end up and how far back time would take us. I started ... Read More »

Long Journey and an Eventual Small Business (Vietnam)

What was life like for you in Vietnam? I was around 4 years old, so life was pretty easy. I played and went from our little shack to my grandparents with my cousin Cammie. There was a hammock in front of grandparents’ house that we would sleep in and take naps in. I had to take care of my younger ... Read More »

Science Teacher from South Korea

What was your life like in South Korea? My life centered around my role as a mother of two children, and a secondary science teacher at public middle schools. I taught over 11 yrs. When and why did you decide to leave? After I earned my master’s degree in 2013, I was debating between whether to further my doctoral program ... Read More »