Category Archives: Asia

Love and Marriage Bring Her to San Jose (Philippines)

My coworker, Maria Minoza grew up in the Philippines and was born in Bohol. In 2018, Maria flew to the United States for the first time a day after she married her husband. On a previous trip to London she met her current husband and reconnected later in Hong Kong. Their love story began from there. He visited Maria a ... Read More »

Finding Punjabi Culture in San Jose

              “We have now blended our culture with American culture, but that does not make us any less of either group?”   *Note: My Grandma does not speak English and my words are rough translations of what she told me. Some words that exist in Punjabi do not exist in English, so I did ... Read More »

Education Opportunities Bring Her From China

                  In the summer of 2010, Janice was studying hard in a high school classroom in China, where the “gaokao” was too stressful for her. She was afraid of failing to get into a good university. Life in her original country was pleasant, but the pace of life was too fast. Because ... Read More »

Vietnam to San Jose via Australia

  I interviewed my mother, My Son Truong, who immigrated from South Vietnam to Adelaide South Australia in 1994 and then immigrated with me from Australia to San Jose, California in 2010.           Throughout my life, my mom, My Son Truong, has always been in survival mode, always working or doing something — never staying still. ... Read More »

Escape From Oppression as a Daughter

                  When did you first consider emigrating from South Korea?  Since I was 10. It was horrible. My parents were very old school and from the countryside of South Korea. Sons were valued much higher than girls to the point that nobody wanted to have a daughter. My mom had 5 daughters ... Read More »

The Challenges of Leaving Kids Behind (Philippines)

      Rafael John (name changed) is a forty five year old man, who is both a first generation immigrant from the Philippines and now a citizen of the United States. John is half Filipino and half Caucasian. He is a husband and a father of three children. John said he was working two jobs, but due to the ... Read More »

South Korean Moves to NYC and Succeeds as Accountant and Mother

Jungha Kim immigrated from Busan, South Korea in 1995.  After many years in New York City she lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter. 1) How was your life in South Korea?  When I was three years old, my family moved to Japan  because of my father’s business. During that time, I went to pre-school in Japan and  ... Read More »

A Dual Citizen’s Life of Family, Freedoms, and Change (India)

At age 81, Vimala Vajjhala (maiden name Bhagavatula) has experienced the wonders and difficulties of two vastly different nations, living as a dual citizen of India and the United States. Brought up in a small village called Bobbili in South India, Vimala described a simple but enjoyable life. (6 sisters, 1 brother)  Her family impressed social values of obedience, work, ... Read More »

Immigrant Who Fled Vietnam and Became a Teacher

Kim Hoang Miller is a 73 year old US immigrant from Vietnam who lives in Sacramento.  She fled Vietnam in 1975. Was your family born in Vietnam?  Yes, majority of my family was from Saigon, Vietnam. I had grandparents, mother, father, six  brothers, 2 sisters and many cousins. Did you suffer from poverty?  Yes, my family was very poor and ... Read More »

A Nurse from the Philippines

My mother, Marigold Suico (née Villaroya), was born on November 7, 1968 in a small town called Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. Her father was an attorney and her mother was a stay at home. My mother’s story was slightly unconventional compared to the other immigrant stories I’ve heard about. By comparison to her life in the United States, ... Read More »