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Julie Prasad



Agnish Prasad migrated to the United States in 1992 from Fiji with her family. Her family had migrate to Fiji from India starting in 1879. She now goes by Julie and lives in the United States with her husband and children.




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Julie’s immigration story:
[Voice 1:] Hello
[Julie:] Hi
[Voice 1:] So, who are you and what is your story?
[Julie:] My name is Julie. My actual name is Agnish Prasad and I go by Julie and I’ve been here in the United States for 25 years. I migrated here October 4th, 1992 from Fiji Islands and the process, the process it took me to get here was twelve years. My uncle sponsored me and my family to come to the United States, and it’s a ten year difference, you have to wait for the immigration, for the paper work and then a whole year for the police just to get your clearance out. So the process is like up to ten to twelve years to migrate to US. And, Fiji, is, its very over populated country and its multicultural country, Indians, Japanese, Fijians, they all live there. In the year 1879, January Indian people were shipped out from India to Fiji to do the cotton plantation and since then the Indian people has been outgrowing generations over generations in Fiji. And, Fiji is actually a country of Fijian people, Native American people, it’s like the Native Americans. And, there is a, that’s how its been growing up, that’s how Indian people from India, they ended up in Fiji, they had to go to the [inaudible] plantations, cotton plantations, and since from there it’s just generations and that’s how we all ended up in Fiji. And, the reason we migrated here is the poverty, the overpopulater, the overpopulation and, there’s a, you know, everything is so expensive. There’s not enough money there, you know. My dad, he use to be, he is a tailor and he used to have a shop really like right on the street to make his living, you know, and my parents, my dad and my mom, my mom used to raise chickens and ducks and I used to help my mom bring money in the house. you know, after I would get off from school I would come home, and you know, help her to do anything to bring in the money and so we could all have food to eat and clothing. And you know, my uncle who is actually like a god to us, who made our life so much better here by bringing us here. And you know, I am very thankful because Fiji is there is hardly you know there is no money over there, schooling is so expensive, there is hardly an jobs out there. The money that they made from the jobs are not enough. And everything, the groceries are so expensive. The school fees are so expensive. A lot of parents cannot afford schooling and they cannot afford food and shelter and that’s one of the reasons that everybody have a dream to migrate to overseas, such as America and Australia, New Zealand, anywhere they find the opportunities to come here, either its a tourist visa or a visiting visa or you know anything that could just get sponsored by any of their family to come here. you know, I am very blessed to be here today and able to provide everything for my kids. I have a better job for the better opportunity, and my husband, and they are able to get everything that they want, which we couldn’t have. There was times where my dad didn’t have money to go buy actual food, so we would go drink a glass of water before we would go to bed. That was our dinner. And I hope that no one else goes through what we went through to Fiji. This is my daughter, and I am always telling her that we shouldn’t be forgetting our roots. We Indians and this is what we going to be. We shouldn’t be ashamed of ourself. And you know, I want her to be in touch with our Indian culture and Indian religions. And you know, just to be proud to be an Indian. Thank you.