Category Archives: California

No Family Support But Determination (Mexico)

          My name is Maria (name changed) and I’m a single mother of 4, I came here seeking a better life but instead had to tread through the trenches of reality and cruelty of life but at the end of the trip I made it through and was able to do it mostly by myself as ... Read More »

Dreaming For His Daughters (Mexico)

                      “Tengan hermanitas para que se compren una torta en la escuela.” Here’s some money sisters, buy yourselves some food at school. These are the words my father expressed to his younger sisters. In the municipality of Parácuaro in the state of Michoacán, Mexico there was a family of 16, ... Read More »

Left Poverty and Became a Nanny (Mexico)

I was born onto a ranch, with many brothers and sisters. Together, we always wanted to be busy. We swam in the river, rode our bikes, played volleyball, anything to keep ourselves occupied. Aside from the games, we all worked at a very young age. We could not afford to receive an education. When I was seventeen years old, I ... Read More »

The Children Are Succeeding and That’s Why We Came (Mexico)

            I was in a caravan with my wife along with 70 people. Everyone came from different places. I came from a small ranch named San Miguel Michoacan. I was 21 when I decided to leave in order to give my family and my wife the best by giving them a good education. I was ... Read More »

Piano Teacher from Belarus

              Darya Novik (name changed) was raised in Belarus when it was a former Soviet Union state. When asked, she said she had a “pretty ordinary childhood.” She lived in the 2nd largest city in Belarus, went to regular school and music school and grew up playing piano. “Just like everyone else.” Once she ... Read More »

Family Move For a Better Life

    My name is Rosita (name changed). I was born in 1976 in a small area in Michoacan, La Piedad. I was 4 years old leaving Mexico. My family was poor and looking for a better life for us so we could have the opportunity to have a successful life. The journey seemed impossible but at the end it’s ... Read More »

A Youth Perspective; So much to give up (Mexico)

    The year was 1991 when we left. Never did I know I would leave my beloved country behind. A 12 year old, unaware of what the future had in store for us. Soon enough my quiet, uneventful life would be turned upside down. Life in Michoacan Mexico was filled with freedom. We could go to different cities, and ... Read More »

Tuckman and Lily Ng

              Stan Ng recalls that in his 1960s and 70s Los Angeles childhood, one of the main activities his family enjoyed was to simply get out on the open road and drive. His dad would go up and down the 101, or make his way towards Santa Monica and drive past the Hollywood landmarks ... Read More »

An Artist Exploring Her Guatemalan Roots

              Evelyn was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala during the time of civil war. As a child, her mother stayed at home with the family and her father worked for someone trading Guatemalan currency into USD, often traveling to the Mexican border for work. Soon, however, word got out in her town of her father’s ... Read More »

A 15 Year Old Makes Her Passage By Boat (Vietnam)

              It was a spring afternoon in 1985. I had turned fifteen a few of months earlier and I had just entered the house after a day at high school. Food was on my mind; I’d skipped breakfast as usual. Mom was sitting on the bed in the corner, whispering to a woman I’d ... Read More »