Category Archives: 1950 – 1975

A Postwar New Start (Germany)

Bombs falling from the sky, the walls and ceiling of the bunker shudder and rain dust onto the cowering citizens that line the floor. My grandmother is one of these people, bundled in a mass of shawls and elbows of her mother. For privacy reasons, my grandmother will be known as Jane for this retelling. Jane, my grandmother on my ... Read More »

Fighting Prejudice (India)

“Fifty two American diplomats and citizens are currently being held hostage by Iranian students in the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran.” I had heard the phrase hundreds of times at this point, repeated through every news channel, radio station and front page in the country. Looking middle eastern, being friends with middle easterns, even simply being associated with middle ... Read More »

A Small Gift (South Korea)

The air was getting unbearable. Twenty-five minutes in the bus’s 95℉, malodorous, and humid air was too much and I was starting to doubt whether or not I could stay conscious. I knew I’d make it though. Whether it was feeling like I was going to freeze to death, almost getting kicked off the bus for making a massive puddle ... Read More »

Mother-Daughter Disconnect (Philippines)

My mom is only technically an immigrant. A newborn in 1962, her family moved to Upstate New York when she was only seven months old. During the interview with my mom, I asked her if she ever wanted to go back to the Philippines. I already knew the answer. The real story starts with my grandmother. When she was a ... Read More »

Creating Something from the Ground Up (Taiwan)

Grace (name changed) looked back one more time at the busy street; constant chatter among the neighbors, markets further down the street, with a foul stench only magnified by the humid air, a place she once called home. She was about to embark on a new quest, to escape poverty in Taiwan and travel to America, where her father had ... Read More »

The Story of Ramon Silva (Mexico)

I was a kid who never knew what the U.S. was, what future was waiting for me here, what courage I was able to obtain, and what blessed life I would end up living. So I walked, ran, and hid to reach my brighter future here in the U.S. I was born on October 11, 1954 on a ranch in ... Read More »

My Life, My Story (Tonga)

I was only 26 years old when I found out I was pregnant, and I wanted a better life and future for the both of us since the father wanted no part of our future. He was too caught up with being young and did not want the responsibility. Too bad, I’m a strong independent woman. I grew up in ... Read More »

James Bobbitt’s Story

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

What’s Next (Louisiana)

Editor’s note: Slavery is an integral part of the American story and those who were forced to come to the US in chains, are no less immigrants than any other group. Not only was their freedom taken, but in many cases, their personal family history was lost. On this web site of immigration stories, we pick up their descendants’ story ... Read More »

Alone (Mexico)

I, Maria Teresa Lucatero, left my home in search of a future better than what was to be ahead of me, all while I was struggling to find a way out of being alone. I was born to a large family on September 3rd, 1959, with a total of 9 siblings, and my mother and father. My mother had a ... Read More »

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