Category Archives: STORIES

Opportunity Calls (Mexico)

                I grew up in Cuitlahuac, Veracruz, a pueblo in the city of Cordoba. We were in the south so it was a lot of ranches where me and my two sisters grew up. When we were growing up we were poor, we would have to go to the city to get a ... Read More »

Rejoining Parents in a Safer Bay Area (Mexico)

              I grew up in a small town in my parents’ red brick home with my siblings. Our house was surrounded by mango trees and some land. Growing up, I would play outside in the hot sun with the neighborhood kids. In the mornings me and my brother would work and make tostadas outside. ... Read More »

Construction Work and Guitar Player

            My father Beto Gustavo (name changed), was born in Orizaba, Mexico and raised in Zapoapan Veracruz, Mexico. Currently when writing this, he is 47 years old. He decided to immigrate to the United States from his birth place. He works as a handyman, having a wide range of skills. He enjoys playing soccer from ... Read More »

Making Her Way as a Teen to New York City (El Salvador)

                I was born and raised in El Salvador in a small pueblo in Guarnecia. It was a beautiful and peaceful country of coexistence and with lots of things to do. I lived in an ugly, baby blue, two-story house surrounded by many refreshing lakes and fruitful trees. The lakes were our only ... Read More »

Determined Mother Caretaker (Mexico)

                Rosalinda Cabrera (name changed), my mother who is 34 years old, immigrated from Michoacan, Mexico to Santa Rosa as a child. She later immigrated back to Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in 2005 when she was 17 years-old where she later moved to the Bay Area. For over 10 years, she ... Read More »

Great Migration: Alabama to California

  Editor’s Note:  Many African-Americans trace their roots back to slavery, but often the specific family’s early history in America as well as their country of origin has been erased.  The story of these families are an integral part of the American story and slavery was a form of forced immigration. We pick up the family story as far back ... Read More »

“Ahora estoy feliz” (Mexico)

    I migrated in 1995 from Michoacán, Mexico when I was only 4 years old. Me and my family wanted to migrate just like every other immigrant would want to migrate for, “the american dream”. I had to stay in Mexico with my grandparents, in a big house with not much furniture inside or beds as well as sofas, ... Read More »

Thirty-plus Years of a New Life

              I interviewed my father who is currently 47 years old and was born in Apatzingan Michoacan, Mexico. As a young child, he would migrate all over Mexico due to his father’s job. His father was a musician and they were constantly on the move until they settled in Nueva Italia, Mexico. He then ... Read More »

“A Long Hike” for a 4 Year Old Who Becomes a Teacher

  I am from teavana in my favorite jarrito’s mug but that’s not how my original story started. I was a 4 year old leaving Mexico and migrating to Chicago, IL knowing I had family waiting for me and my family was ready to start a “new life” as everyone calls it.  My story starts in a small Mexican town ... Read More »

Journey to Freedom

-How old were you when you left Cuba? 31 years old. I left on January 20th, 1971. – What did you do for work in Cuba? I was a barber. My father was a barber as well, and when I was 12 my mother sent me to his shop to start learning from him. At first I would just help ... Read More »