Philippines

My family call me Romy. I am born in 1941. This is not a safe time in my home. I am homesick and I want to visit. I used to go back to home often, to visit my family, and see my house. But now, I am afraid. I have heard that there is policemen that…

Liberia

The land of honey and money trees…that’s what I think about America when I come here, alone, at the age of sixteen. I grow up in a small village in the mountains. I fish with my father and dance by the moonlight with my mother. At nine years old, I leave my parents, and my…

Mexico

I’m from Mexico. The life there is more relaxed, more take it easy. Over there, people walk outside and call out, “Oh hi!” It’s beautiful.  Life here is more complicated. My father’s house was three rooms and a kitchen. Two bedrooms and a little living room. We ate in the kitchen at a little table…

Ireland

Where I was born, there were one room schools. I was a lucky one. I took this test and afterward, the priest came. You see, because I did well on the test, he got me into a good school, the convent school. They sent my parents the bill, and it said, “No fee.” They were…

Mexico

I grew up in a little town in Mexico. We had a big house with a big yard. There were lots of flowers and trees. There were dogs and cats and a big space for running with my brothers and sisters and friends. My family had mango trees, and the little purple ones? Plums! And…

Poland

One July evening, year 1998 I was  hiding on a hill behind my grandparents house to smoke and cry. I was taking everything in and my heart was heavy with sadness. The house is gone. The people are gone. I haven’t been there since. I had just graduated from university. I had spent the previous…

Mexico

My name is J. I am from a little village in Mexico. My village is small. It does not have many services that most communities have. That is why I had to travel to Ciudad de Carmen, Mexico. It is in the southwest region of the Mexican state of Campeche and also where I studied business…

Syria

It was my dream to come to the US and learn English. I was born in Emirates and moved to Syria. The reason why I came here was marriage. I was really young. I only finished 12th grade and came right away after that. My husband proposed to me and applied for me to come here….

Vietnam

I lived in Vietnam, in the south, in the countryside before coming to U.S. Near really beautiful mountains. I remember you could see sunset and sunrise on the river. I left when I was 16, because my grandfather was in the US. He wanted us to come here because my mom, brother, sister and I…

Newcomer

As a new comer in Chicago like other foreigners used to I just started a new immigrant life.  Luckily, I am rooting in the area full of good men and peaceful energy. This is the live moments that I learn from you and build a social relationship (here in PRC.) I often feel like a…

South Korea

After marriage, thanks to the frequent moving of my husband’s working place, I moved to, got used to a new place, and then got a job, made friends…then moved to another place. The U.S. is my fourth whole-new-world of my five years of married life. It is my most exciting (but challenging) moving. We came to…

Kargapolye, Russia

My name is Elena. I am from a little village in Russia called Kargapolye. My village is small and is surrounded by fields. Most people in my village are old. Most of the young people have left the village to go to the cities to look for work. The main streets in my village are…