Category Archives: Midwest

Fight or Flight – The Story of Harry Newman Knopfer (Poland)

The trees whizzed by me; I knew that if I stayed much longer I’d be killed. In the days right after the first World War, you could never trust anyone. After what felt like hours of running, noises and light began to appear. The hammer of a blacksmith, the cry of a baby. This is what I’ve been looking for. ... Read More »

Being Polish in America (Poland)

I moved to America for better opportunities in science and research. I was thirty four years old and only knew basic English words. In Poland, I learned how to read in English, but not speak and make conversations. I came to America from Poland for my job as a scientist. I was originally supposed to stay for three months for ... Read More »

Commonality (France/Italy)

This story is based on an interview and the real experiences of Diana Modica, who immigrated to Johnson City, Tennessee for her father’s job after living all around France and Italy for 17 years. The woman next to me kept knitting her blue-green sweater as I sat there in turmoil. The repetitive sound of her needles clacking grounded me as ... Read More »

Discrimination, Not Racism (Bangladesh)

Red bumps were heavily sprinkled upon the woman’s arm. Lines were tattooed, as she rubbed her hand back and forth. It was was easy to identify what the woman had. It was the same as the two before her. She had scabies, a contagious skin disease that is explained by mites burrowing under the skin causing intense itching. At the ... Read More »

A Perfect Match (India & Zambia)

A mother, born in the heart of India but grew up in a different country every year. A father, born in small-town India but grew up in Zambia. A mother whose father was in the navy and grew up eating a wide variety of foods. A father whose parents were strictly vegetarian and won’t kill a fly. A mother who ... Read More »

Starting Over After War (Vietnam)

Both my parents are immigrants from Asia, (my mom is from Vietnam and my dad is from India), but I chose my Mom’s story for this essay because she has a very interesting story in my opinion. Her tale is exciting and dramatic. It is a tale of going from privilege and comfort to struggles and hardship, and the lessons ... Read More »

The Immigration story of Robert Johnston Carson (Ireland)

“Honk!” The foghorns call fades as it slips through the ears, and feet clamber unsteadily up the swaying dock towards the ship waiting beyond. The weak wood, barely held together through the metal spikes impaling them, cries out as it’s stressed. The salty breeze stings the eyes and rips through the sails, whipping the air. The breath hitches in the ... Read More »

Religious Tolerance Abducted (Iraq)

Margaret Petros’ family is Assyrian Christian and they noted ominous changes soon after Saddam Hussein took power in Iraq. At school Margaret had been in a class on Christianity while her Muslim classmates attended a class on Islam, but suddenly the class in Christianity was cancelled and she was given a Koran to study. Neighbors were fleeing in the night ... Read More »

Mohammed Ayub Khan’s Story (India)

My father was born in 1962 in a small, crowded suburb in Mumbai, India, He lived with his parents, two sisters, and many relatives in a small space. From a very early age, he had to take care of his two younger sisters. As the eldest, he had the highest expectations upon him. But what no one had expected, was ... Read More »

From Persecution, to Palestine, to Paradise

One day, a strange woman showed up at the door, saying that Sarah was alive, but she and her family were starving in Kiev. My Great grandfather lost it all when the Communists took over. Joseph was born around 1899 in a village outside the city of Kiev in Russia. He had four brothers and sisters. His parents were upper-middle ... Read More »

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