Category Archives: California

Strangers Help Me Over Hurdles (Mexico)

I was the only woman out of eleven men. Anything awful could have happened, but it didn’t because one of the main coyotes (person who helps others migrate) was my relative. The trip took four to five days. These days were some of the worst days of my life. I was just a little girl who was living her life. ... Read More »

Immigration Story of Veronica Rodriguez (Mexico)

The story of Veronica Rodriguez and her immigration to the U.S. starts in Abatzingan, Mexico. Veronica described her childhood saying “it was kinda rough, we had many hard times.” She lived in a small house with her mother, father, three sisters and four brothers. Veronica came from generations of poverty-stricken families and told of how hard her father worked to ... Read More »

From Desserts, to Fruits, to Family (Taiwan)

Taiwan, an island whose population is less than that of Shanghai, is the island where I grew up. I lived in the capital, Taipei, with my mom, father, and with my younger and older sisters. Life was enjoyable; my mom worked in the government and my father was a teacher, so financial issues were the least of my problems. I ... Read More »

Journey to the West (China)

On June 4th, 1989, Chinese troops stormed through Tiananmen Square in Beijing, killing students protesting for democracy. An estimated 10,000 civilians died when the Chinese government used violent repression in response to peaceful protest. The Chinese government, however, still denies that this event ever happened, and an entire generation of Chinese children lives unaware of this incident known as the ... Read More »

A Swiss Goes West

Who would have thought that my father, who had never truly been away from his parents, would move from Switzerland to the West Coast just to develop his independence? My father, Laurent Giovangrandi, was born and raised in Montagny-près-Yverdon, a small town somewhat close to Lausanne. He had one older brother, with whom he was close. He was close with ... Read More »

Immigration Story of Ernesto Cruz (El Salvador)

“One of the reasons why I appreciate this school and why I would do anything for this school is because they changed my life. They made my American dream.” Ernesto Cruz is the girls’ soccer coach and campus supervisor at Palo Alto High School. Cruz has been at this school since 2004. Cruz was born in El Salvador. He grew ... Read More »

Creating Something from the Ground Up (Taiwan)

Grace (name changed) looked back one more time at the busy street; constant chatter among the neighbors, markets further down the street, with a foul stench only magnified by the humid air, a place she once called home. She was about to embark on a new quest, to escape poverty in Taiwan and travel to America, where her father had ... Read More »

Halfway Around the World (India)

At the young age of 23, Shreya Acharya moved 7672 miles across the world from New Delhi, India to Stanford, California. Her soon-to-be fiancé, Vishal Acharya, was a graduate student at Stanford University at the time. While she had to leave her entire family behind in India, immigrating gave her the opportunity to start another one in the States. As ... Read More »

Baker and Role Model (Mexico)

I wouldn’t say I had it easy, but then again, no one here really did. I was born and raised in Aguililla, Michoacan, Mexico on July 20, 1929. You see, growing up then, no one really had any money. Michoacan was filled with families living in poverty, as well as a lot of orphans. As for me, I was part ... Read More »

Maryam Nejad (Iran)

My name is Maryam. I’m from Iran. I came here 15 years ago. I have three daughters. 13, 11, and 9 years old. Our family lives in Mountain View, California. I’m a stay-at-home Mom. We own a rug galley in Mountain View. I want to learn English because I like to talk with everybody. I am a rug weaver and ... Read More »

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