Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Live-In Maid Reunites the Family (Mexico)

              I began by asking what was life in Mexico before coming to the states. She said “life was okay, I married your grandpa young and when I got married my mother told me I had to go live with him and to not come back” I asked her why she married young and ... Read More »

Long Journey and an Eventual Small Business (Vietnam)

What was life like for you in Vietnam? I was around 4 years old, so life was pretty easy. I played and went from our little shack to my grandparents with my cousin Cammie. There was a hammock in front of grandparents’ house that we would sleep in and take naps in. I had to take care of my younger ... Read More »

Refugee Camp and Then A New Life in the US (Vietnam)

What was life like in Vietnam? My mother and uncle ran a home-owned restaurant while I was in school as a 12 year old. Life was a struggle due to the poor economy. It was also extremely strict and we were not able to voice our opinions. We were forced to obey the government. Weather was hot and a lot ... Read More »

Vietnamese Refugee Arrives by Plane

              I was born in Saigon Vietnam. I’m 55 I came here when I was 8 years old, I had a very short time in Vietnam. Up to 8 years old I was a student. I attended a private French school until I was 8 years old which was until 1975. Living in Vietnam ... Read More »

Resilience: From War-Torn Vietnam to Land of Opportunity

Introduction When our sociology professor, Dr. Patricia Gibbs, assigned the Made into America assignment to the class, I immediately knew who I wanted to interview for the assignment: my mother. My mother is named Vivian Hang Nguyen. My mom immigrated to America from Vietnam in 1986. When I was young and caused trouble, my mother would always tell me how ... Read More »

Vietnamese Immigrant With Challenges And New Attitudes

            What circumstances led you to leave Vietnam? Duc (name changed) was 19 when his aunt was able to sponsor him to America. However,  Tim grew up very privileged. Both of his parents were professors and his father even left his teaching job to become the president of a bank. Oncethe Vietnam War occurred, Duc’s ... 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 »