Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Pivoting With Changing Times (Ireland)

In the words of my dad, “I was born in Dublin, raised in Cork, educated in Tipperary, and exported before the age of eighteen.” He actually had a rather difficult childhood in that he was expected to grow up early. He took a city bus by himself to school at the age of four and went away to boarding school ... Read More »

Leaving Urban Poverty (Mexico)

  Brian Martinez (name has been changed) lived in Mexico City; it was a busy city – no place for a child to grow up. There were no backyards, no playgrounds. Crime was recurrent; it was dangerous for anyone, but especially unsafe for children. School was overcrowded and underfunded. With metal walls, it was like walking into ashed- stuffy and ... Read More »

Challenges For a Young Immigrant (Mexico)

I was a teenager, only 15 years old. I was a person looking for a better future and a better way of living.  Me, my mom, and my stepdad left Michoacan, Mexico to live in the United States. My parents and I were living in Mexico, Michoacan 1978, which was in the center. Durante este tiempo el aire estaba limpio, ... Read More »

Chin Up and Success Follows

My journey begins in 1975 in a small town in Mexico, Guerrero Michoacán. The sun is up and the white truck with a big red speaker on it is already making its way around town announcing the newly married couple, and the dead cow by the river. Geez can’t he wait till noon to come around can you… I WANNA SLEEP ... Read More »

Orthodontist from India

            My mother was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. From the beginning, she was keen to learn about the world around her. Growing up, her three siblings would walk her to school in the morning. After school, she’d pick up something to eat at the family restaurant and then run to the library, eager to ... Read More »

Stability as a Cook (Mexico)

  I was with one of my brothers and some of my friends. We’ve never been to the United States. The United States sounded like a new world for us, and we thought life in a different country would make our futures brighter. I was 17 years old when I left my parents and siblings as I started my journey ... Read More »

Dreaming For His Daughters (Mexico)

                      “Tengan hermanitas para que se compren una torta en la escuela.” Here’s some money sisters, buy yourselves some food at school. These are the words my father expressed to his younger sisters. In the municipality of Parácuaro in the state of Michoacán, Mexico there was a family of 16, ... Read More »

A Victim of Blockade and Poverty in Cuba

                  The flashing lights from every direction . Different languages spoken. I hear something but cannot make it out . The smell of leather and fresh food. The nice clean bathroom. White and with simple tiles on the wall. People rushing back and forth, not caring in the world who is in ... Read More »

Restless Imagination Leads an Indian Farmer to High Tech

                It was 1 am, April 1989 when my father landed in Detroit. Born in a small Indian village about an hour from the coast, the first thing that stood out was the weather–it was bitterly cold. Luckily, it wasn’t too long before a friend of a friend, also an immigrant from the ... Read More »

Piano Teacher from Belarus

              Darya Novik (name changed) was raised in Belarus when it was a former Soviet Union state. When asked, she said she had a “pretty ordinary childhood.” She lived in the 2nd largest city in Belarus, went to regular school and music school and grew up playing piano. “Just like everyone else.” Once she ... Read More »