Category Archives: California

Guitarist (Germany)

Otto grew up in Germany and at a young age was enrolled with the Nazi youth. After leaving he joined the German Navy and fought in World War Two. He was captured by the British and put in a British camp until the end of the war. He got to go home after the war and got a job playing ... Read More »

The Golden American Dream of (Viet Nam)

On November 1, 1955 the Vietnam War began, the North Vietnamese against the South Vietnamese. It was hard for the people and for the government. Tons of people had to leave. People couldn’t live under these conditions. The north came over to the south and robbed the south. Kim’s family (name changed) left when she was eighteen years old to ... Read More »

Civil War Keeps Family Away (Lebanon)

Born on February 28, 1961, Shahe Krakirian began his life in Beirut, Lebanon living in a small apartment in with his whole family. He shared a room with his two younger brothers. Though they sometimes got into verbal arguments, and even occasional physical fights, his younger brothers were two of his closest friends during his childhood. It was not as ... Read More »

Arthur Kinyanjui

Upon his arrival to the United States of America, one of Arthur Kinyanjui’s many curiosities involved a McDonald’s drive-thru. The Kenyan native was shocked at the sight of his host speaking into a black box that projected voice. “Microphone?” he laughs today. “That was a big one.” Although Arthur had been born and raised in Central Province, one of Kenya’s ... Read More »

Businessman’s Visa Brings New Immigrants (China)

My grandparents soon discovered a unique social network in which they met most of their closest friends – group dancing at Mar Vista park every morning. Waking up early to attend the group dances remained their daily routine throughout the years. Being able to achieve the American dream, the idea of equal opportunity for success among all, is the dream ... Read More »

Karel’s Story (Germany)

It was a cold winter day, and I woke to the warming rays of the sun shining down through a small skylight, and the clinking of plates as my mother prepared breakfast. Wrapping the blankets tightly around myself, I struggled to leave the warm embrace of my bed. As I finally pulled myself away from my bed, I looked over ... Read More »

Jennifer Jin’s Story (China)

Realizing that my kids grew up without much love from me, as a mother, I decided to move to America. Squeezing through the tight aisle of Boeing 767, I found seat number 27F and sat in the little chair. My name is Jennifer Jin, a person who dreams of advising and supporting others with patience and a faithful heart. I ... Read More »

The American Dreamer from Bulgaria

Then one summer day in 2012, our family woke up in 3 AM in the morning to catch our flight to America. Airport security had been increased because of a bombing the day prior to our departure. My father, Danail, was always a mediocre student. He mostly got Bs and Cs while in middle and high school. He did not ... Read More »

From Cabugao to the Bay (Philippines)

Elizabeth was born in Cabugao, a rural town in the Philippines. Recounting her memories of Cabugao, she told me, “There were a lot of poor people. It’s called the barrio, Padayog in Ilocano (dialect of this region). My grandparents’ house was next to our house, so we saw them everyday. I used to have a black cat, and my dad had a ... Read More »

A Sense of Place

  Coming from Argentina to Chicago, there was a big weather change but nothing my parents couldn’t handle.  They migrated to Chicago to start their own family. There was not really a plan.  My mom and dad were only in their early 20’s. It was in the 1950’s, so segregation was still going around. When they arrived in Chicago, they ... Read More »

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