Category Archives: STORIES

Wrestling with Cultural Differences (The Netherlands)

“I just got offered a new job in Boston,” my husband said to me. “Well then when do we leave!?” I asked him as a smile ran across my face. America was an adventure that had been waiting to happen. Having lived in the Netherlands for most of my life, I knew America would be different from what I was ... Read More »

For Bluer Skies (France)

In the midst of the Caribbean Sea sits an island, its volcanic peaks surrounded by lush vegetation speckled with houses. A young girl made her way to the river, a basket full of laundry balanced carefully on her head. Waiting for her was her grandmother, who was already washing her share of clothes in the rushing water. Both the girl ... Read More »

Safer in the US (Russia)

It was a cold winter night in St Petersburg 2008, Tatiana (name changed) was around 30 and had 2 children, still working her night shift in her pharmacy to earn enough to pay for all the life necessities during the cold Russian winter. She then received a interesting phone call. It came from her father residing in the United States. ... Read More »

Overlooked (China)

“So how’s California?” his voice pulling me from my thoughts. “It’s fine,” I reply, “Not as good as there.” “Come on, tell us all about your new friends!” My mind went blank, I had nothing to say. “There’s nothing to tell,” I sigh. They stared blankly at me. “I’m sure they can’t be that bad.” I glanced at my hands, ... Read More »

Family (China)

At first, I thought it was just a cold. He had all the signs of a cold – he coughed at night, he sneezed, had headaches, had a runny nose. I urged my husband to stay home for just a day. He worked as a waiter at the Golden Pheasant at night and ran a small pharmacy during the day. ... Read More »

The Reluctant Move (Sweden)

On a sunny, bright, beautiful day I was watching TV, my parents walked in and asked me to pause the show. They then told me that we would be moving to America the next summer. When they told me, my mouth hung open not knowing what to say. I struggled to find a response, and I just said that it ... Read More »

A Storied Life (Japan)

Only a few short months off his ninety-first birthday, sitting cross-legged in a recliner that he had owned long before my birth, my grandfather told me, “My life isn’t all that exciting.” My grandfather is a private and simple man. He is the type that would much rather spend an evening watching a baseball game with a hearty homemade dinner ... Read More »

Overcoming the Language Barrier (China)

Journey to the West—an infamous novel known by everyone in China—describes a story during the Tang dynasty, when a monk named “Xuanzang” and his companions heads towards the west—India. The monk seeks to bring the Buddhist culture and knowledge from the west to China. As their journey begins, the group faced immense amounts of obstacles and monsters, in which they ... Read More »

Diversity Valued

“Life was fine if you didn’t know about anything else” was my mother’s response when asked about life in her hometown. My mother, Monica Rosso Tabrizi, was an only child, born and raised in Italy by my grandmother and grandfather. She lived an average middle-class life in Italy: she went to school, graduated, and went on to college at Universita ... Read More »

Susanne’s Unplanned Future

It was the year 1995; I was 27, young and hungry for adventure. I had graduated from college the year prior, and was living with my best friend and his sister in the town of Braunschweig, Germany. I spent my days either working, or playing field hockey. I’d been playing field hockey since I was 12 years old, and I ... Read More »

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