Category Archives: Landed In

“Brown Immigrant Girl Whose Presence Can’t Be Ignored”

            Teresa Marquez’s story is one of hope, inspiration and hard work. She has been with East Side Union High School District for twenty-six years. As Associate Superintendent of Educational Services at East Side Union High School District, she is the highest-ranking Latina in the District who paves the way for opportunities in the public education field for other ... Read More »

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 »

Young Entrepreneur (Mexico)

              Kathya Vazquez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of three alongside with her parents. During her early childhood in the US, she attended preschool and kindergarten. After that, her family had to move back to Mexico, and she continued her education there. Upon arriving in ... 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 »

Running Towards the Future (Egypt)

  Kareem Khogali’s Story        Abdelkareem Khogali is originally from the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt where he lived with his mother and younger sister until 2017. He grew up in an apartment residing in a compound with a tightknit community and went to school with the same children all throughout elementary and high school. It would have been ... Read More »

Amy Martinez In College With Goals (Mexico)

                Amy Martinez came to the United States on a bus as a small child with her family. They all had misconceptions about life here, believing that everyone would be wealthy. Amy’s parents came to the United States to seek a better life for their children, so Amy and her siblings have a strong sense of ... 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 »