Category Archives: Asia

A Perfect Match (India & Zambia)

A mother, born in the heart of India but grew up in a different country every year. A father, born in small-town India but grew up in Zambia. A mother whose father was in the navy and grew up eating a wide variety of foods. A father whose parents were strictly vegetarian and won’t kill a fly. A mother who ... Read More »

Starting Over After War (Vietnam)

Both my parents are immigrants from Asia, (my mom is from Vietnam and my dad is from India), but I chose my Mom’s story for this essay because she has a very interesting story in my opinion. Her tale is exciting and dramatic. It is a tale of going from privilege and comfort to struggles and hardship, and the lessons ... Read More »

Mother-Daughter Disconnect (Philippines)

My mom is only technically an immigrant. A newborn in 1962, her family moved to Upstate New York when she was only seven months old. During the interview with my mom, I asked her if she ever wanted to go back to the Philippines. I already knew the answer. The real story starts with my grandmother. When she was a ... Read More »

From Desserts, to Fruits, to Family (Taiwan)

Taiwan, an island whose population is less than that of Shanghai, is the island where I grew up. I lived in the capital, Taipei, with my mom, father, and with my younger and older sisters. Life was enjoyable; my mom worked in the government and my father was a teacher, so financial issues were the least of my problems. I ... Read More »

Journey to the West (China)

On June 4th, 1989, Chinese troops stormed through Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing students protesting for democracy. An estimated 10,000 civilians died when the Chinese government used violent repression in response to peaceful protest. The Chinese government, however, still denies that this event ever happened, and an entire generation of Chinese children lives unaware of this incident known as the ... Read More »

Creating Something from the Ground Up (Taiwan)

Grace (name changed) looked back one more time at the busy street; constant chatter among the neighbors, markets further down the street, with a foul stench only magnified by the humid air, a place she once called home. She was about to embark on a new quest, to escape poverty in Taiwan and travel to America, where her father had ... Read More »

Halfway Around the World (India)

At the young age of 23, Shreya Acharya moved 7672 miles across the world from New Delhi, India to Stanford, California. Her soon-to-be fiancé, Vishal Acharya, was a graduate student at Stanford University at the time. While she had to leave her entire family behind in India, immigrating gave her the opportunity to start another one in the States. As ... Read More »

The Great Escape (Viet Nam)

Quy Lee tells a gripping story of his escape by boat from Viet Nam, along with 264 passengers he took along. Also, time in a Malaysian Refugee Camp, followed by a new life in the USA. Quy was part of a storytelling event called “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Stories of Escape and Refuge.” It was co-sponsored by the ... Read More »

“Scrap Materials” (Afghanistan)

Rona Popal shares her story with an audience in Palo Alto, CA – about leaving Afghanistan and beginning from scratch in the US. When the Soviet Army marched into Kabul it meant the end of life as she and her family knew it. Her work with successive waves of Afghan refugees in Fremont, California is sobering and emotional. So too, ... Read More »

An America Lover’s Story (China)

My father Yun Nie was Chinese; I used “was” because he just got his green card in the last month. Now he has his green card, so he is a part of United States. He was born in China in March 27, 1973. Now he is 45 years old and going to turn 46 this month. Why does he love ... Read More »

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