Category Archives: California

Live-In Maid Reunites the Family (Mexico)

              I began by asking what was life in Mexico before coming to the states. She said “life was okay, I married your grandpa young and when I got married my mother told me I had to go live with him and to not come back” I asked her why she married young and ... Read More »

Refugee Camp and Then A New Life in the US (Vietnam)

What was life like in Vietnam? My mother and uncle ran a home-owned restaurant while I was in school as a 12 year old. Life was a struggle due to the poor economy. It was also extremely strict and we were not able to voice our opinions. We were forced to obey the government. Weather was hot and a lot ... Read More »

Resilience: From War-Torn Vietnam to Land of Opportunity

Introduction When our sociology professor, Dr. Patricia Gibbs, assigned the Made into America assignment to the class, I immediately knew who I wanted to interview for the assignment: my mother. My mother is named Vivian Hang Nguyen. My mom immigrated to America from Vietnam in 1986. When I was young and caused trouble, my mother would always tell me how ... Read More »

Vietnamese Immigrant With Challenges And New Attitudes

            What circumstances led you to leave Vietnam? Duc (name changed) was 19 when his aunt was able to sponsor him to America. However,  Tim grew up very privileged. Both of his parents were professors and his father even left his teaching job to become the president of a bank. Oncethe Vietnam War occurred, Duc’s ... Read More »

Family From the Netherlands Make a New Life

                    In October of 1961, Fred and Thea Limburg began their journey from Rotterdam, Netherlands to California. This wasn’t just a spontaneous decision though- it came after years of hopeful planning. After talking with her sister-in-law, who had recently moved from the Netherlands, to Indonesia, and then to California, they both ... Read More »

Looking for a Better Life

My mom immigrated to the United States with two of her older brothers when she was 25 years old. She had to leave behind her whole life, all her friends and most of her family. It was quite the sacrifice but she wanted to do it because she knew that it would be worth it. Her family was struggling and ... Read More »

Riding Horses to an Urban Life in the US (Mexico)

            Originally living in Sinaloa, her hobby of  riding horses was a big part of her life as she would do it when the opportunity was given. She lived with her parents and with her many siblings in a big home surrounded by acres of land surrounded by lots of trees. She enjoyed bathing in ... Read More »

Opportunities for Children (Mexico)

“I’m from a ranch, in San Pedro La Junta – State of Puebla. The farthest back that I can remember is when I was just a kid, when I was 10 years old. I spent my time taking care of animals, taking care of crops, and planting tomatoes, chili, and pumpkin. At 15 I spent my time in the city ... Read More »

From Poverty to Dreamland

1. Compare and contrast your life in Mexico to your life here. What’s the same? What has changed? “There is too much that is different, but I guess I could start off by saying that my livelihood is the biggest difference. Back in Mexico, I had to work for my most basic necessities, for example, if I wanted water, I ... Read More »

International Ballet Dancer, Tech Worker, Family Man (Colombia)

Alexi was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, just across the border from the town he was mostly raised in, Maicao, Colombia, on the Caribbean coast of South America. His place of birth in Venezuela was solely for the utilization of the hospital for his birth which was located there, an hour’s drive from the family’s home in Maicao. As Alexi relates ... Read More »