Category Archives: Landed In

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 »

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 »

A Better Life (Guatemala)

My friend, Carlos,(name changed) was born in Baja Verapaz Guatemala in 1995. He came here for “a better life”. What does that mean? That means he didn’t have opportunities for jobs in Guatemala. He couldn’t earn enough to buy a car or house. Also there were many problems like violence, extortions, bad education and most of all – a corrupt ... Read More »

Field Work and Construction (Mexico)

My uncle Alejandro (name changed) was born in 1980 in Guerrero México. He came here because in his town there was a lot of work but it was not very well paid. Alejandro started working in the fields when he was 10 years old. He picked corn ,peanuts and beans for about 6 years . He realized that he could ... Read More »

Leaving Children to Pave the Way (El Salvador)

My aunt Esmeralda (name changed) was born in El Salvador in 1978. She decided to come to the United States because she wanted a better future for her sons. In El Salvador it is so difficult to find a good job and also they don’t pay enough money. She and her sons lived in a house made of aluminum so it ... Read More »

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