Category Archives: California

Story of the Indian Woman Called Mom (India)

  She is very short. She is 53 years old. She wears glasses to read. She likes to watch Modern Family. She teaches at Canada College. Her favorite color is black. She believes in God. She cooks good food. Sometimes, she takes my sister and I out to lunch/dinner, which is always fun and even more when we go to ... Read More »

A Leap Into the Unknown (Philippines)

“Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing. Thank you for flying Philippines Airlines,” the flight attendant announced. I looked out the window astonished at how different California was compared to my native home, the Philippines. I glanced at my brother and he was fast asleep with his mouth open. I thought to myself, this is an unbelievably exciting time, ... Read More »

Teacher that Learns (Taiwan)

I love teaching, no matter where I am — in either Taiwan or America. I love the fact that teaching isn’t just endless lectures, but rather an interactive experience for both teachers and students as they can learn from each other. It was 2014 when I first moved to America. I barely knew any English at that time. The most ... Read More »

Making Her Proud (Thailand)

I never get to see my mother before, she died after I was born for 5 days. She passed away because of leukemia, this event is what pushes me to work hard and get through obstacles in life. I don’t know if she can see me from down here but I just want to do everything I can to make ... Read More »

Enfrentando Medos (Portugal)

I needed my tonsils removed, but I was terrified of the doctor, Dr. Webb, which is why I brought my friend Maria with me. The thing that I was most scared of was the doctor, because I was unable to communicate and didn’t speak English. Everything had remained the same after I moved from Portugal forty six years ago, as ... Read More »

Flipping the Switch of Home (Australia)

Flipping a switch can have any range of consequences, from turning on a light to launching a rocket. One of the most important switches, for an immigrant like me, is the switch that you flip when the country you live in becomes your home. The action of flipping the switch can be excruciatingly slow, for my husband and I it ... Read More »

Housepainter from Honduras

My dad is from Honduras and he was born in the capital of Tegucigalpa. He lived in Tegucigalpa all his life. He didn’t go to college because he didn’t want to study more. His first job after he left high school was repairing phones. He liked it but he didn’t get paid well. He got married in 2008 to a ... Read More »

Hopes to Return and Build House (Mexico)

My stepfather Mauricio (name changed) was born in 1977 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. He came to the United States to make a better living and hopefully save enough money to build a house in Mexico. In his town, there was not a lot of work because Mexico had economic problems. He had cousins, aunts, uncles, daughters and siblings that lived ... Read More »

Identity Mixup Danger (Mexico)

My cousin Carlos (name changed) was born in Morelos. He grew up in a small village with his father and his five sisters because his mother Julia left them. When he was 15 years old he moved to Acapulco Guerrero to study architecture. In late 2015 he was threatened by phone because gangsters confused him with a different person. They ... Read More »

Store Was Threatened by Gangs (Guatemala)

Valentina (name changed) was born in el Chol Baja Verapaz, Guatemala in 1984. She lived happily in that town until she was 32. She was married, had two children. She and her husband had a little store. She came to the US because of circumstances that she didn’t expect. Because the store was successful, the local gangs extorted and threatened ... Read More »

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