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…

Cameroon

My name is SK and I was born in Cameroon. I am married and have two beautiful children. After attending elementary school and earning my high school diploma, I registered at the Douala Technical Institute of Technologies to major in Hydraulic Engineering. It was while at this prestigious institution that most of my problems started. Like…

Myanmar

(M is a student of English. This is M’s first long report written entirely in English.) My name is M. My country’s name is Myanmar. I am from Minbya township. Minbya is in the north of my country. It is flat and there are rivers and mountains behind my city. Lay Myo river is in…

Stories of Home

For the next few weeks, Tell Your Story is going to feature stories of refugees and immigrants who visit the PRC. All the names are changed, but the heart remains the same. Enjoy!  

The Darkest of All Places

There is a place. I do not know if it is only mine, or a place belonging to everyone. I am relieved that I visit it so rarely. When I do, the trips are memorable and frightful. Who knows how much mental and emotional energy is spent in nocturnal visits to this place? Imagine that…

108

As I crossed the bridge, from the station, there it was— 108 stories of steel and glass coming off the ground. The Sears Tower (I will never call it Willis) had more people working in it than my small town of Warrenville had living in it. I was in a new world. From the ground…

Let Us Guess

The force that moves the universe. It can do everything— with or without you. It has the power to take you up and take you down. It may have colors. It may have smells. It may have tastes. When you take a deep breath, you it fills you. Can you guess now? What is it?…