Alaina Qurshi was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She moved to America with her mother at six months old to be with her father, who had been adopted into an American family at a young age. Although her father became very americanized, he still kept close…
Sharon’s grandfather came to the United States from Lebanon as a young man and started a family grocery in Lowell, Massachusetts. In time, his family sent for a young woman from the home country to be his bride. She brought with her clippings of a grape…
Cha Neng Vang was born in Laos in 1954. At the age of 14 he began playing the qeej. After entering the refugee camp he stopped playing the instrument until after he came to the United States in 2000.
Caren Cazares was born in 1995. Both of her parents had immigrated to the United States from Mexico. She reflected on the impact of her mother on her life, especially as she was graduating from college in Minnesota.
Juan Carlos grew up in Cuba and came to the United States in 2006. He shares his story of growing up and observing life in his country, where life is based on survival. Juan Carlos was excited to come to the United States and find a job, but leaving was…
Alfonso Tinoco was born in 1999 in Uriangato, Mexico. In 2012 he moved to the United States with his mother and father. After a short time in Missouri, the family moved to Ohio. Though he spent his first two years in ESL courses, Alfonso moved into AP…
Dana Shkokani was born in 1997 in Palestine. On the anniversary of Nakba in 2013 her friend was shot through the chest for throwing a rock during a protest. She then decided to move. Dana came to the United States to attend Columbus State to study…