Tag Archives: Palo Alto

Educated & Independent (India)

My mother, Vinaya Kavathekar, grew up in Pune, India. Unlike my own experience growing up in America, her culture and the traditional values of India were instilled into almost every part of her daily life. Yet, she had surprisingly little attachment to them. Vinaya always resented the way she saw women treated where she came from, despising the way she ... Read More »

Finding Family (Australia)

       I. Worst Nightmare May 7th, 2013 Life doesn’t seem real – I’m waiting to wake up and have someone tell me this is all a dream. It started out as a normal day,  just a regular Wednesday afternoon in sunny Australia. My thirteen year old sister, Oktavia, and I, only ten, were excited to go to the ... Read More »

Pauline Aus Deutschland (Germany)

I remember my father telling me about the long yet interesting stories of his travels to the US. One night my parents came in to talk to me, their expressions looked happy and excited. I was curious to hear what they had to say to me. My mother’s voice was soft as she was breaking the news that they were ... Read More »

Overlooked (China)

“So how’s California?” his voice pulling me from my thoughts. “It’s fine,” I reply, “Not as good as there.” “Come on, tell us all about your new friends!” My mind went blank, I had nothing to say. “There’s nothing to tell,” I sigh. They stared blankly at me. “I’m sure they can’t be that bad.” I glanced at my hands, ... Read More »

Letting Go of the Philippines

“My life was better.” My mother described her former life in the Philippines, reminiscing in all of the old memories she had of her childhood and young adulthood. My mother was born in 1980 and grew up in the crowded and vibrant city of Cavite in the Philippines. In this city, she lived a standard yet fun and easy-going life ... Read More »

Cham Yean Fled to the Jungle (Cambodia)

Cham Yean grew up in a poor family in the small country of Cambodia in the 1960s and 70s. During this time, Cambodia was in the midst of a civil war, and bombs would drop frequently, without warning, and kill many people. Because of this, Cham had to live her daily life amidst the fear of whether she would make ... Read More »

Story of the Indian Woman Called Mom (India)

  She is very short. She is 53 years old. She wears glasses to read. She likes to watch Modern Family. She teaches at Canada College. Her favorite color is black. She believes in God. She cooks good food. Sometimes, she takes my sister and I out to lunch/dinner, which is always fun and even more when we go to ... Read More »

Teacher that Learns (Taiwan)

I love teaching, no matter where I am — in either Taiwan or America. I love the fact that teaching isn’t just endless lectures, but rather an interactive experience for both teachers and students as they can learn from each other. It was 2014 when I first moved to America. I barely knew any English at that time. The most ... 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 »

The Unknown Destiny

“I’m not an immigrant of the United States. I consider myself part of the brain drain, I came here simply for my education, expecting to return home.” My grandmother, Rita Tabourian, grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and attended school at the American University of Beirut. “My mother gave me the same opportunities she gave her son. She raised me to ... Read More »

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