Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

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 »

South Korean Moves to NYC and Succeeds as Accountant and Mother

Jungha Kim immigrated from Busan, South Korea in 1995.  After many years in New York City she lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter. 1) How was your life in South Korea?  When I was three years old, my family moved to Japan  because of my father’s business. During that time, I went to pre-school in Japan and  ... Read More »

The Invisible Backpack; DACA Makes a Huge Difference

        Where do you come from/ where were you born?  “I was born in 1987 within Mexico City, in a town called Nezahualcoyotl. I  was born two years after the massive earthquake.” “I came here when I was really young. I migrated to the U.S. when I was  six and have very few memories of Mexico, but ... Read More »

A Dual Citizen’s Life of Family, Freedoms, and Change (India)

At age 81, Vimala Vajjhala (maiden name Bhagavatula) has experienced the wonders and difficulties of two vastly different nations, living as a dual citizen of India and the United States. Brought up in a small village called Bobbili in South India, Vimala described a simple but enjoyable life. (6 sisters, 1 brother)  Her family impressed social values of obedience, work, ... Read More »

Immigrant Who Fled Vietnam and Became a Teacher

Kim Hoang Miller is a 73 year old US immigrant from Vietnam who lives in Sacramento.  She fled Vietnam in 1975. Was your family born in Vietnam?  Yes, majority of my family was from Saigon, Vietnam. I had grandparents, mother, father, six  brothers, 2 sisters and many cousins. Did you suffer from poverty?  Yes, my family was very poor and ... Read More »