Category Archives: Landed In

Adventurous European Woman Ends Up in the Peace Corp

              Today I am presenting to you an interview with my favorite person on this planet, my grandmother. She went back and forth between France and Spain until she was 18 years old because her parents were divorced. Her first visit to the US was when she was 18. She went all over the ... Read More »

Chicago Polish Community Makes Adjustments Easier

Both of my parents come from the same city in Poland, so I assumed their experiences would be fairly similar based on the little information I had. Although, for this interview, I decided to sit down with my mother and hear her side of her experience, since we had never once discussed it throughout my life. Ania, my mother, was ... Read More »

Looking for a Better Life

My mom immigrated to the United States with two of her older brothers when she was 25 years old. She had to leave behind her whole life, all her friends and most of her family. It was quite the sacrifice but she wanted to do it because she knew that it would be worth it. Her family was struggling and ... Read More »

Adjusting to Many Differences from China

                  In July 1990 in China, a seven-year-old boy was going to live with his parents in the United States. He was afraid of the new environment he was about to encounter, but more than that he was happy to see his parents and live with them all the time. After his ... Read More »

“Freedom to Think” (Nicaragua)

              What was your life like in Nicaragua before coming to the US? I was in the army, I was fighting in the Nicaraguan war in the 80s -Living in the mountains walking from sunrise to sunset -Couldn’t walk at night for safety reasons -We were eating 1 time a day, canned pork beef ... Read More »

Riding Horses to an Urban Life in the US (Mexico)

            Originally living in Sinaloa, her hobby of  riding horses was a big part of her life as she would do it when the opportunity was given. She lived with her parents and with her many siblings in a big home surrounded by acres of land surrounded by lots of trees. She enjoyed bathing in ... Read More »

Opportunities for Children (Mexico)

“I’m from a ranch, in San Pedro La Junta – State of Puebla. The farthest back that I can remember is when I was just a kid, when I was 10 years old. I spent my time taking care of animals, taking care of crops, and planting tomatoes, chili, and pumpkin. At 15 I spent my time in the city ... Read More »

From Poverty to Dreamland

1. Compare and contrast your life in Mexico to your life here. What’s the same? What has changed? “There is too much that is different, but I guess I could start off by saying that my livelihood is the biggest difference. Back in Mexico, I had to work for my most basic necessities, for example, if I wanted water, I ... Read More »

International Ballet Dancer, Tech Worker, Family Man (Colombia)

Alexi was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, just across the border from the town he was mostly raised in, Maicao, Colombia, on the Caribbean coast of South America. His place of birth in Venezuela was solely for the utilization of the hospital for his birth which was located there, an hour’s drive from the family’s home in Maicao. As Alexi relates ... Read More »

Perseverance in School Leads to Career (Mexico)

                  My name is Maricela (name changed) and I am 52 years old. I was born in Apatzingan but I grew up in Aguililla, Michoacan and now I live in California with my husband and three children. I am a Preschool teacher and I love working with my kids even though they ... Read More »