Category Archives: California

“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 »

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 »

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 »

For the Greater Good (Iran)

Farah Barnia was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States by herself in May of 1978 at the age of sixteen. In her homeland, she lived with her parents and five siblings until the age of five, when her mom passed away. Her father considered himself a nationalist whose main goal was to make his country better. For ... Read More »

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 »