Two young men leave China and voyage to Gam Saan, Gold Mountain (San Francisco) America, in 1850. One of them writes a letter home to tell of their adventures, misfortunes, and of a promise to his best friend, which he could not keep.
Esther, a spunky octogenarian and Cuban refugee considers voting a hard-won, American privilege. After casting her vote, she reminds husband, Carlos, of “their views” on local elections. Carlos’ reaction is a hysterical and poignant civics lesson.
As a young boy, Nestor and his siblings cross the Guatemala/Mexico and Mexico/USA borders to join his parents in the USA.
Noa grew up in Jerusalem, where America was the most exotic place other than Mars. In the 5th grade, Noa’s family left their home in Israel. She arrived in America speaking very little English. But miracles do happen…
Rebecca, a Filipino American, grew up in nearly all-white neighborhoods and schools. In 2000, she began reconnecting with her Filipino heritage and became a woman of color.
Leeny shares stories of her colorful, beloved family. Meet her charming Cuban Dad and his zany wife, Lorraine. Hear what happened when three-year-old Leeny receives an unusual souvenir from Cuba.
Two young men leave China and voyage to Gam Saan, Gold Mountain (San Francisco), America in 1850. They become two of the 12,000 Chinese who are hired by to help complete the first Transcontinental Railroad across the United States.
Noa arrived from Israel in 1990 the month Iraq invaded Kuwait and threatened to attack Israel. Here is the story of learning to live in a culture where the perceptions of time, space and values are completely different from your own.
Judy Sima’s mother was a Jew in Germany during World War II. She faced the Gestapo following the Night of broken glass, escaped Germany and eventually helped gain her father’s release from Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Hear her story…
Basil Houpis had just moved to the U.S. from Greece, and he was different. He barely spoke English, wore mismatched clothes and smelled funny. Everyone picked on him mercilessly. Is 30 years too long to take a stand?
Chinese food was considered to be “exotic” by the Lo Fan or White people in 1850s San Francisco. This story follows one of the legends surrounding the origins of a popular Chinese American dish, which for a good myth.
After her Grandmother passes, Sue searches for her Grandmother’s story. Her exploration takes her into Irish American history and, eventually, to Ireland to find her Grandmother’s childhood home.
Hasan, a Muslim, was a college student in 1992 when the siege against his city, Sarajevo, began. He joined the Army of Bosnia but would do anything to escape and live in peace and freedom. A few of his many adventures are detailed in this excerpt.
This story reveals how a group of immigrants rallied with resilience and ingenuity so that the 7th generation of Chinese Americans thrives today.
An unlikely friendship is formed in a small-town barbershop. The friendship is not one that can openly flourish due to racism in the town. The story illustrates how one stands firmly and humbly in the face of racism while always willing to give back.
“I’m not a humanitarian,” she replied. “I’m a hell-raiser!” And she was. She was over fifty years old, weighed one hundred pounds, and was under five feet tall yet the United States Government called her, “the Most Dangerous Woman in America.”
In 1964, Carmen’s father, a Cuban refugee, went to work at a steel manufacturing plant near Atlanta, Georgia. On the first day of work he was faced with two choices: a “white” bathroom and a “colored” bathroom. His solution is creative and humorous.
A story about Elizabeth, an “Army brat”, who must navigate the world for her Korean immigrant mother. Through this process she learns to stop being embarrassed by her mother and shifts to standing up for her.
Ada Cheng explains the meanings of her Chinese name: Shu-Ju, and the connection to expectations of her parents and their Chinese culture. She details why she chose to stay with the name Ada and what the name means to life and identity.
Kiran shares the stories he heard about his parents’ three migrations from India to Uganda to England.
When Carrie Sue and her fiancé decided to marry there were many who thought their relationship would not last long – including the representative from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico who was handling their visa.
During WWII a Japanese American nurse is forced to leave her belongings and home to be imprisioned in an incarceration camp. Traveling to the camps a baby who should have been in the hospital takes a turn. The end-result is out of the nurse’s hands.
Spark Matsunaga was a member of the 100th Battalion in WWII. He was elected to be a U.S. Senator from Hawaii and spearheaded the Redress Act through the Senate compensating Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in the U.S. during WWII.
Storyteller Jim Stowell tells how an immigrant woman is faced with trials and hardships, and how she established a sense of pride and dignity for herself and her family.
During the McCarthy witch-hunts (a period of anti-communism intensity), the Cold War and the Space Race, Yvonne Healty describes how we learned to “blend” ethnic identities.
A college teacher learns traditional tales to advocate for international students whose countries have been targeted by an anti-Muslim travel ban. Interviewing the students about the tales they grew up hearing uncovers images that help them endure.
A bridge collapses in Minneapolis and makes the news. While watching the stories from that day Kevin is aware of the great diversity in his city. Citizens of every color and creed were there to rescue and help people in the midst of tragedy.
Kucha’s grandfather had a marketable skill after the Civil War. With plenty of hard work, life was good in Mississippi but one incident changed everything and suddenly the whole family became immigrants – packing up and moving out of Mississippi.
To get married, Arianna and her fiancé had to prove that their love was real. Complexity arose as they entered the immigration process. As they hit barrier after barrier, they quickly learned the unpredictability of US immigration.
In this story, Ada Cheng explores her experience with the U.S. citizenship ceremony and vulnerability that immigrants are subject to during the process of becoming Americans. She also her experience with a guest, an older African American man.
In 1972, Marsha worked for the Peace Corp in Jamaica and became friendly with a neighbor named Yvonne. By casually mentioning the town she lived near Marsha set in motion a dream that Yvonne would sacrifice everything to fulfill.
At an event honoring Vietnamese Americans, a young man shares his American immigrant story. The community of listeners that storytelling creates makes a new country feel like home.
For the first time Karin moves to a small city. She is worried about fitting in but everyone seems friendly and open-minded, until she has a troubling enounter with racism. She tells her husband and three friends and gets very different responses.
A single girl from Eastern Europe goes to the USA to study, she faces assumptions made about green cards, marriages of convenience, and other things she was unprepared for.