Tag Archives: california

Land of Opportunity (Mexico)

The person I am today is very different from who I was when I was growing up. I remember the day my mother told me we were moving to California. I was only eight years old so I did not fully understand what that meant, but I remember feeling my heart racing and a smile forming on my face when ... Read More »

The Great Wall of America (El Salvador)

“Mijo, it’s time to go.” My papa wakes me from a deep dream of beautiful cities, promise, fortune, and most of all the food awaiting us in America. It was about  3:30 and we had been very tired due to the long trek we’ve already made into Mexico since we had no money to buy transport nor owned any vehicles. ... Read More »

The Star Spangled Immigrant (Taiwan)

Have you ever immigrated to a foreign country, landing without any prior knowledge to the language? I came to the United States from Taiwan in the 1980s, the last of my family to have immigrated to the United States since the communists targeted our family. One by one, we left quietly, avoiding communist suspicions. Being the youngest of the family ... Read More »

A New Home (Iran)

I raise my shaking hand and unwillingly press my cold finger tip against the metal trigger and hear a faint bell inside. I then hear footsteps in the distance approaching the door and the handle begins to turn. The door squeaks open and I am greeted by a semi familiar face, blissfully saying “Hi!” It’s Sizdah Bedar, Nature’s Day, but ... Read More »

A Leap Into the Unknown (Philippines)

“Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing. Thank you for flying Philippines Airlines,” the flight attendant announced. I looked out the window astonished at how different California was compared to my native home, the Philippines. I glanced at my brother and he was fast asleep with his mouth open. I thought to myself, this is an unbelievably exciting time, ... Read More »

Making Her Proud (Thailand)

I never get to see my mother before, she died after I was born for 5 days. She passed away because of leukemia, this event is what pushes me to work hard and get through obstacles in life. I don’t know if she can see me from down here but I just want to do everything I can to make ... Read More »

Enfrentando Medos (Portugal)

I needed my tonsils removed, but I was terrified of the doctor, Dr. Webb, which is why I brought my friend Maria with me. The thing that I was most scared of was the doctor, because I was unable to communicate and didn’t speak English. Everything had remained the same after I moved from Portugal forty six years ago, as ... Read More »

Story of Mary Kathrin McDermott (Ireland)

Where in Ireland was Mary from? Having been there what did you think of the town? How does it compare to America? Mary was born in 1914 and was from a small town in Ireland called Leitrim. She was the oldest of 10 children in an extremely poor family who made their income by rolling and selling peat bog. Her ... Read More »

Arthur Kinyanjui

Upon his arrival to the United States of America, one of Arthur Kinyanjui’s many curiosities involved a McDonald’s drive-thru. The Kenyan native was shocked at the sight of his host speaking into a black box that projected voice. “Microphone?” he laughs today. “That was a big one.” Although Arthur had been born and raised in Central Province, one of Kenya’s ... Read More »

Amy’s Journey from Greece

What if I told you that a young girl, living in a family of ten in northern Greece, would find her way to Palo Alto, California, married to a New Yorker with a daughter and two loving grandsons? My grandmother, Amy Lewnes, was born on November 30th, 1933 in a small town in northern Greece called Serres. She lived with ... Read More »

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