Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

Border Kept Her Separate From Family At Difficult Times

                            One of the memories she has from when she first got here was her first shower. In Mexico she was used to taking bucket baths. In her first encounter with a shower here she was very confused because she was not given a container or bowl ... Read More »

Leaving Guatemala

My dad lived in San Raymundo, which is a municipality in Guatemala. He lived in a nice, medium sized house with his 2 brothers, sister, and his parents. My dad had many responsibilities around his house. He would wake up at around 5 every morning to take care of the cows and the crops, and then he would get ready ... Read More »

The “Promised Land” and Its Challenges

The person I chose to interview was my father, Enrique Aranda, who was born April 7 1977 in Jalisco, Mexico. He left Ahuisculco, the little town he lived in in Jalisco, when he was about 17 years old out of curiosity of the “promised land” and the opportunity he was given through music. Music is a huge part of his ... Read More »

Fikriye’s Immigration Story From Turkey

Fikriye left Turkey, her home country, for the first time in 1996. She grew up on a farm, while being raised by her mother and grandparents. Her father left at the time that Fikriye was five years old, which made her feel sad and disappointed because it seemed to her that her father did not love her. Fikriye father had ... Read More »

Swedish American Risk Taker, Restaurateur

In 1981, Ambjörn Lindskog, a nuclear physicist from Sweden, took a plane to America, starting a chapter of his life that would change him forever. Although he did not know it at the time, the American dream would inspire him to do do great things, and would drive him to achieve things he never thought possible. He was born on ... Read More »

Leaving Hong Kong Before It Changed Hands

Ms Zen was born in mainland China and moved to Hong Kong with her sibling and parents when she was young. Her family’s living situation and condition in Hong Kong was drastically different from when they were in China. They shared one kitchen and one bathroom with eight tenants and two landlords, and her family of four shared a bedroom ... Read More »

Lelaine’s Opportunities After Leaving the Philippines

I was born and raised in the Philippines until my teen years, around the age of 15. My father died in a war when I was a baby. Growing up, I lived a lifestyle that was difficult for me to handle. I had four siblings… an older sister, a younger brother and two younger half-sisters. My mother was always busy, ... Read More »

A Korean Exodus: Simon Park’s Travel to America

“In just four years in college, I got 26 gold medals!” Simon Park (name has been changed) looked at the people at the table before him in silence, expecting wonder and praise. “What, did you steal them from first graders?” The table, where Simon’s three sons and wife were sitting, burst into laughter, while he sighed. However, he was happy; ... Read More »

Finding Gold Within; Leaving China When It Looked Safe To Go

My parents were afraid to file the paperwork necessary to immigrate because if anything went wrong, they could be severely punished by the government. “Where is all the gold?” I thought as my preconceptions about America were shattered and I dejectedly peered out the plane window at the end of my eighteen-hour flight to America from my hometown, Taishan, a ... Read More »

From the Soviet Union to Palo Alto

It is 1975, and Russia was known as the Soviet Union, a strong, communist country that strictly limited Russians’ rights. Vlad was born in 1971 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which was part of the USSR. Vlad (name changed by request) experienced significant hearing loss at the age of 9 months due to a high fever and his parents immediately decided that listening and ... Read More »

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