Category Archives: California

Leaving El Salvador Poverty for New Opportunities

If all of my kids graduate from college, I would feel like the happiest woman in the world.” The year was 2001 when I was working on a farm with my parents. I had a hard life because we were not rich and had to work hard. We had to take care of animals and had to work every day. ... Read More »

Migrated to America for the Children’s Futures

photo by Daniel Lobo[/caption] The year was 2000 when Rosendo just got into Arizona, but it didn’t start out well at all. All that they were able to see was sand and all he could feel was the hot wind in his face. His wife, Evelia, was pregnant and while getting over the fence she falls around 15 feet onto ... Read More »

Perseverance and Steady Progress

My dad lived in Guatemala with his mom, dad and sister. They lived in a small neighborhood with security. He lived in a private place, not a poor area. He has an older sister and she moved to America alone. Four months after his sister left, he woke up one morning with his dad and mom downstairs with the smell ... Read More »

Stacked like Fire Wood

I remember when two people attacked me and put two guns on my head and said they would kill me if I didn’t give them money.” My parents didn’t know each other that well yet. They both lived in Guatemala. My mom’s family was very poor, but my mom is a kind, hard working woman. There are six of them ... Read More »

Immigration Story: Dangerous Passage to New Life

When I was 17 years old, I always dreamed about living in the United States. I lived in a small farm in Aguililla Michoacan, Mexico. In 6th grade, I dropped out to help my parents with the work around the farm. Being the oldest was not the easiest for me. I had large amounts of responsibilities. My parents were somewhat ... Read More »

Grace Kang: South Korean Family and Stanford University

Hi, my name is Grace and 47 years ago I moved here to America with my husband, Henry; son, Sam; and daughter, Sarah, from South Korea. I remember – in South Korea – the blossoming Cherry Tree in the courtyard and all the dogs sleeping, like they always did. The room that we always held our parties and weekly dinners ... Read More »

Leaving Mexico’s Poverty to Construct a New Life

In Hidalgo Mexico my house was made of sticks and the roof was made of grass. For me and my family it is a beautiful place to live in even though we were poor. Where I lived with my five big sisters and me – the little brother and two nieces and a nephew. I worked in the crops to ... Read More »

New Home New Family

I was 8 years old. I had just exited school like I always do at 6:00 pm and am now in my way to my grandmother’s house. As I walk through the town of Aguila, Mexico with my mom I could see all of the people I know and how I wave “hi” to all. The whole time I was ... Read More »

Nahid Saba Migrating: Escaping War, Becoming a Dentist

People were getting killed and terrible things happened for no reason, especially if you were a girl or someone from a different religion. Fear. paranoia. All when I was in Iran: Bombs, explosions, suicide bombers, all throughout my childhood I lived in fear. I was paranoid 24/7. There were many fights, insecurities, and I really didn’t feel safe. I didn’t ... Read More »

Mariachi Grandfather Immigration Story

My grandfather, Jose Antonio Prado, is a chubby guy who is about 5’6″, has a grey mustache and has no hair on top – just a little bit around his head. Every morning when he can, he wakes up and he comes with me and my cousin to a bus stop and he gets off at the same bus stop ... Read More »

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