Category Archives: STORIES

The Invisible Backpack; DACA Makes a Huge Difference

        Where do you come from/ where were you born?  “I was born in 1987 within Mexico City, in a town called Nezahualcoyotl. I  was born two years after the massive earthquake.” “I came here when I was really young. I migrated to the U.S. when I was  six and have very few memories of Mexico, but ... Read More »

A Dual Citizen’s Life of Family, Freedoms, and Change (India)

At age 81, Vimala Vajjhala (maiden name Bhagavatula) has experienced the wonders and difficulties of two vastly different nations, living as a dual citizen of India and the United States. Brought up in a small village called Bobbili in South India, Vimala described a simple but enjoyable life. (6 sisters, 1 brother)  Her family impressed social values of obedience, work, ... Read More »

Advanced Degree Leads to Immigration for Iranian-American

        Mansour Moussavian, immigrated from Iran after getting an advanced degree at Stanford. Why did you leave Iran?  “I left Iran for education, advanced education in England. I then came to California to pursue  graduate studies at Stanford. Then I got a job after graduation and decided to stay because I liked the job and the location”. ... Read More »

Immigrant Who Fled Vietnam and Became a Teacher

Kim Hoang Miller is a 73 year old US immigrant from Vietnam who lives in Sacramento.  She fled Vietnam in 1975. Was your family born in Vietnam?  Yes, majority of my family was from Saigon, Vietnam. I had grandparents, mother, father, six  brothers, 2 sisters and many cousins. Did you suffer from poverty?  Yes, my family was very poor and ... Read More »

Student from Nigeria Looks to Enhance Skills and Business Opportunities

Interviewee’s name: Stephen Country/place of origin: Nigeria Year of immigration: 2017 City and State where they settled in the United States: Rialto, California What was your motivation for migrating to the United States from Nigeria? The motivation was to have good life( to find greener pastures). Economic motivation: Economic hardship has been a powerful “push” factor for me.  Economic hardship ... Read More »

A Nurse from the Philippines

My mother, Marigold Suico (née Villaroya), was born on November 7, 1968 in a small town called Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. Her father was an attorney and her mother was a stay at home. My mother’s story was slightly unconventional compared to the other immigrant stories I’ve heard about. By comparison to her life in the United States, ... Read More »

Ethnic Minorities Leave Burma

My neighbor grew up in Burma (Myanmar) in a time of political instability.  He later went into northern Thailand with his family at the age of fifteen. He was able to come to the US on a student visa to attend college in southern California. After college he moved to San Francisco to be with his brother.  His brother had ... Read More »

Isaacson Family (Latvia)

The Isaacson Family hails from the Province of Piltene, part of a region of western Latvia historically known as Courland. “You have totake the train to Riga,” a descendent later recalled. “Take it at night, you’d get there the next morning.”  Courland was Latvia’s oldest Jewish community. It’s believed that the first Jews arrived in Piltene around 1571–probably merchants from ... Read More »

Pivoting With Changing Times (Ireland)

In the words of my dad, “I was born in Dublin, raised in Cork, educated in Tipperary, and exported before the age of eighteen.” He actually had a rather difficult childhood in that he was expected to grow up early. He took a city bus by himself to school at the age of four and went away to boarding school ... Read More »

La Vie en Rose: The Legacy of Two Stories

The ensuing stories will follow the trajectories of two different families who immigrated to New York from Eastern Europe at different point in history. They are ultimately connected by marriage, and their legacies live on. The Weill Family                   Teddy Roosevelt’s doppelgänger, Nathan Glickman (née approx. 1866; Moscow, Russia) and the ever ... Read More »