Category Archives: California

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 »

The Invisible Backpack; DACA Makes a Huge Difference

        Where do you come from/ where were you born?  “I was born in 1987 within Mexico City, in a town called Nezahualcoyotl. I  was born two years after the massive earthquake.” “I came here when I was really young. I migrated to the U.S. when I was  six and have very few memories of Mexico, but ... Read More »

Advanced Degree Leads to Immigration for Iranian-American

        Mansour Moussavian, immigrated from Iran after getting an advanced degree at Stanford. Why did you leave Iran?  “I left Iran for education, advanced education in England. I then came to California to pursue  graduate studies at Stanford. Then I got a job after graduation and decided to stay because I liked the job and the location”. ... 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 »

Student from Nigeria Looks to Enhance Skills and Business Opportunities

Interviewee’s name: Stephen Country/place of origin: Nigeria Year of immigration: 2017 City and State where they settled in the United States: Rialto, California What was your motivation for migrating to the United States from Nigeria? The motivation was to have good life( to find greener pastures). Economic motivation: Economic hardship has been a powerful “push” factor for me.  Economic hardship ... 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 »

Ethnic Minorities Leave Burma

My neighbor grew up in Burma (Myanmar) in a time of political instability.  He later went into northern Thailand with his family at the age of fifteen. He was able to come to the US on a student visa to attend college in southern California. After college he moved to San Francisco to be with his brother.  His brother had ... Read More »

Pivoting With Changing Times (Ireland)

In the words of my dad, “I was born in Dublin, raised in Cork, educated in Tipperary, and exported before the age of eighteen.” He actually had a rather difficult childhood in that he was expected to grow up early. He took a city bus by himself to school at the age of four and went away to boarding school ... Read More »

Active Citizen, Lifelong Student, Medical Practitioner from England

Born towards the end of World War II, Janet grew up in Northleach, a small village in England that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Unlike some old villages, the houses of the Northleach main street have not modernized – they remain stable and upright with their thick sandstone walls. Janet grew up in a large house in ... Read More »

Leaving Urban Poverty (Mexico)

  Brian Martinez (name has been changed) lived in Mexico City; it was a busy city – no place for a child to grow up. There were no backyards, no playgrounds. Crime was recurrent; it was dangerous for anyone, but especially unsafe for children. School was overcrowded and underfunded. With metal walls, it was like walking into ashed- stuffy and ... Read More »