Category Archives: 1975 – 2000

A Nurse from the Philippines

My mother, Marigold Suico (née Villaroya), was born on November 7, 1968 in a small town called Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. Her father was an attorney and her mother was a stay at home. My mother’s story was slightly unconventional compared to the other immigrant stories I’ve heard about. By comparison to her life in the United States, ... Read More »

Ethnic Minorities Leave Burma

My neighbor grew up in Burma (Myanmar) in a time of political instability.  He later went into northern Thailand with his family at the age of fifteen. He was able to come to the US on a student visa to attend college in southern California. After college he moved to San Francisco to be with his brother.  His brother had ... Read More »

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 »