Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Finding Punjabi Culture in San Jose

              “We have now blended our culture with American culture, but that does not make us any less of either group?”   *Note: My Grandma does not speak English and my words are rough translations of what she told me. Some words that exist in Punjabi do not exist in English, so I did ... Read More »

Escape From Oppression as a Daughter

                  When did you first consider emigrating from South Korea?  Since I was 10. It was horrible. My parents were very old school and from the countryside of South Korea. Sons were valued much higher than girls to the point that nobody wanted to have a daughter. My mom had 5 daughters ... Read More »

Innocence and Youth

                What is your name and date/place of birth? My name is Shaima Bibi and I was born on September 20, 1966 in Suva, Fiji Islands. The most memorable thing about my birth as I was told by my mother was that I was born at home with the help of the local ... Read More »

DACA Dreamer and Oldest Sister Gets Her Degree

What is your oldest memory before coming to the U.S? The oldest memory I have is of my sister and I playing by the river making “Mud Cakes”. What do you miss the most from home as a child? Playing out in nature, climbing on trees and walking to my grandparent’s house. What emotions can you remember when coming to ... Read More »

Corruption and Discrimination Live Everywhere

          I never felt alone in Mexico.  In America, there is a big emphasis on independence, everyone must struggle on their own and be successful on their own. It makes us want to socialize less and makes us want to focus on our busy schedules and our work. 1. What perspective do you wish non-immigrant Americans ... Read More »

Escaping Iran’s Revolution

    At the age of eight, losing both parents is not something a child should go through. I remember hearing shaking words (in Farsi) come out of my sisters mouth, “Vic (name changed), we have to go to the hospital mom and dad were in an accident.” I was rushed into the car by my sister and we were ... Read More »

Imagine a Commercial for a Better Life

            1.) What was most difficult for you when you decided to leave your country?  Johnny Appleseed (using a pseudonym): “ I would have to say the most difficult thing that got in my way when I was deciding to leave was not knowing how my family would be without me being here with them. ... Read More »

Escaping a Revolution to Find the “American Dream”

                When you look back on your younger self, living in Iran, what compelled you to come to America? As a kid, before the revolution, most people had hopes of going to America to go to school, and eventually, come back to Iran to establish their life/career. The general feeling was that an ... Read More »

Poverty Leads to A Huge Transition

              My father, Donato (name changed) emigrated from a small village called Rio Tigre located in Oaxaca Mexico. Rio Tigre is a small village with 286 inhabitants. In the 1900’s the economy in Oaxaca Mexico was terrible. Oaxaca is split into hundreds of local governmental units called municipios (municipalities). Each of these municipios is ... Read More »

Winter Russia to Sunny California 

              Jumping through a train window, scared that it was going to leave without his brother making it through, Arthur Abezgauz was a teenage immigrant fleeing Russia in  the 1980’s with his family due to religious persecution. Their plan to make it to New York  wasn’t so simple. He explained, my grandmother had met ... Read More »