Category Archives: California

Sela Malu: New Life as a High School Student

When Sela Malu was 16 years old she was schooling at Beulah College (high school) in the country of Tonga. She was a young, determined girl who demanded a further education to help better herself and her family in the future and was also determined to get better education opportunities such as college. Besides her being determined to get further ... Read More »

Maria & Juan Immigration Story : Creating Opportunities

Maria and Juan are really hard working people (names were changed for this article). Maria was born and raised in Michoacan, Mexico and Juan was born in Arteaga, Michoacan but raised in Michoacan, Mexico. Both are always willing to do anything for their family. They are kind, loving and they would never give up on their dreams, just like they never gave up on ... Read More »

Immigration Story Christina Bergmann: Sweden to the Land of Disney

The year was 1954 when Christina left Sweden where she had spent the first six years of her life. The sun was high in the sky and reflected off the huge boat bobbing in the port. Her hands were clasped over a suitcase handle as she and her family walked on the boat with hundreds of other people. She looked ... Read More »

Immigration Story Daniel Guevara: Odyssey From Guatemala

My name is Daniel Guevara. I am patient. I am outgoing. I am humble. I am one of a kind. I happily live in Hayward CA with my wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and my one year old nephew who I adore so much. I was born in 1974 in San Marcos, Guatemala. I  lived with my grandparents and started working ... Read More »

Seng Ra: Immigrant Girl’s story from Myanmar

Seng Ra was born in Myanmar. When she was 16, she ran away from a civil war. Afterwards, she sheltered in a refugee camp in Malaysia. When she was a month away from her 18th birthday in 2008, she came to the United States with the help of UNHCR. Seng was sent to a Refuge Foster Family home in Concord, ... Read More »

Yancie Alfaro’s Immigration Story: A Dream Come True

Yancie Alfaro was born in El Salvador, Central America. Her father passed away when she was five years old. Her mother took care of her and her four siblings. When Yancie was in high school, she met Rodrigo Alfaro, who fifteen years later is her husband. In 2003, Rodrigo moved to the United States to continue his studies and Yancie ... Read More »

Immigrant Survivor of Armenian Genocide Mannig Keshkekian

The Armenian genocide began in 1915, when Mannig Keshkekian was five years old. The Ottoman Turks cast her family out into the desert. They hung all the scholars and priests in Mannig’s community because they did not want the local people to have any education. Mannig’s mother had died in childbirth, and her father had left for Egypt before the ... Read More »

David Scheibner’s move from Canada to California

When David moved from Vancouver, Canada’s white winter to the northern Californian sunshine in 1958, he was still a little child. His father had passed away and his mother decided to take him to start a new life in a new place. Luckily, this long journey wasn’t a particularly hard one as his aunt had already settled in Los Altos. ... Read More »

Kim Thanh Tran’s Immigration Story: Vietnam to California

They waved glow sticks to attract the attention of anyone who could help them. Thai pirates also prowled the waters; there was always a feeling of imminent danger. Walk into Hair 7 Salon, and you’re greeted by a small jade statue of the Buddha on the front desk. Hairdressers are quickly snipping and cutting while chatting with their customers. Kim ... Read More »

The Story Behind Stanford Professor, Jeff Koseff

Imagine someone came to you in the morning and said, “We don’t like your politics. We think that you’re plotting to overthrow the government….’”  So now you’re in jail for 180 days, in terrible circumstances. At the end of 180 days, they can say, “Okay, you’re being released.” Your family are waiting outside in the car to take you home. As you’re getting into the car somebody walks up to you and says, ... Read More »

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