Immigration

A Letter From Gold Mountain

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.

America, the Land of Miracles

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…

Castro Dolls and Familia

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.

Culture Shock: An Israeli Immigrant Learns America

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.

Escape to Freedom – Germany 1941

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…

Grandma’s Story

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.

Immigrant Story

This story reveals how a group of immigrants rallied with resilience and ingenuity so that the 7th generation of Chinese Americans thrives today.

Jimmy Nessar

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.

Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

“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.”

No Aguantara

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.

Spark Matsunaga: U.S. Senator and Warrior Poet

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.

Spring

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.

Take Me To Your Leader

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.

Tales – and Conversations – from Beyond the Ban

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.

The Bridge Collapse

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.

The Brownlee’s Migration

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.

The Immigration Process vs. Pre-Wedding Bliss

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 unpredictablility of US immigration.

To Prove You Are Legal: Immigration from Taiwan

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.