Category Archives: Asia

Overlooked (China)

“So how’s California?” his voice pulling me from my thoughts. “It’s fine,” I reply, “Not as good as there.” “Come on, tell us all about your new friends!” My mind went blank, I had nothing to say. “There’s nothing to tell,” I sigh. They stared blankly at me. “I’m sure they can’t be that bad.” I glanced at my hands, ... Read More »

Family (China)

At first, I thought it was just a cold. He had all the signs of a cold – he coughed at night, he sneezed, had headaches, had a runny nose. I urged my husband to stay home for just a day. He worked as a waiter at the Golden Pheasant at night and ran a small pharmacy during the day. ... Read More »

A Storied Life (Japan)

Only a few short months off his ninety-first birthday, sitting cross-legged in a recliner that he had owned long before my birth, my grandfather told me, “My life isn’t all that exciting.” My grandfather is a private and simple man. He is the type that would much rather spend an evening watching a baseball game with a hearty homemade dinner ... Read More »

Overcoming the Language Barrier (China)

Journey to the West—an infamous novel known by everyone in China—describes a story during the Tang dynasty, when a monk named “Xuanzang” and his companions heads towards the west—India. The monk seeks to bring the Buddhist culture and knowledge from the west to China. As their journey begins, the group faced immense amounts of obstacles and monsters, in which they ... Read More »

Letting Go of the Philippines

“My life was better.” My mother described her former life in the Philippines, reminiscing in all of the old memories she had of her childhood and young adulthood. My mother was born in 1980 and grew up in the crowded and vibrant city of Cavite in the Philippines. In this city, she lived a standard yet fun and easy-going life ... Read More »

Trieu Nguyen – Leaves Vietnam for Greater Freedom

Imagine being raised in a country where you are constantly being monitored and having constant worries 24 hours a day. My Dad was born in Saigon, Vietnam. His life was not the most ideal lifestyle because of his family worries about not having food on the table every day. He lived in a police state and the police were pretty ... Read More »

School Teacher From Shanghai, China

My Mother was born in Shanghai, China. Her childhood was not a particularly good one, at least by American standards, but in China children were taught to be modest and not complain about what they got. My mother lived in a small house with several siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Their house was part of a complex, with multiple other ... Read More »

Cham Yean Fled to the Jungle (Cambodia)

Cham Yean grew up in a poor family in the small country of Cambodia in the 1960s and 70s. During this time, Cambodia was in the midst of a civil war, and bombs would drop frequently, without warning, and kill many people. Because of this, Cham had to live her daily life amidst the fear of whether she would make ... Read More »

Chia-Ning Yu, Computer Engineer (Taiwan)

My mother and her sister were born into a middle class family in Taichung, Taiwan. There, they lived a comfortable life, though one without many luxuries, like going on vacation or attending private school. She and her family believed that in order for her to get a well paying job, she needed a master’s degree from a university in America. ... Read More »

Immigrant 3 Times

“There’s a way to do it better — find it” (Thomas Edison). This quote rings true for the millions of families who have packed up and moved to the United States (US) since the late 1900s. And this was the same for Arjun (name changed for privacy) in 2001, when he left home in New Delhi, India and moved to ... Read More »

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