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Tell your own story or that of your parents, relatives or friends in your own words. Satistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do. Since its inception, this nation has been continually infused with the energy of newcomers. Yet their assimilation has seldom been smooth. The challenges we face today are not new. Only the stories are.

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Subbiah Sankaran

Education and Freedom: Two Important Words for an Immigrant

"I realized quickly that what I had done early in my life to get the education that I wanted was the surest way to enjoy the freedom that we all deserve."

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Sita Anantha Raman

Speaking the Lingo: An Indian Immigrant's Dilemma

"We all spoke English, but I had not understood a word! I had discovered that English isn't one language, after all, and no one is just like everyone else! Luckily, I had a sense of humor, or I might have been in therapy as an unhappy child!

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Leonardo Angeles Rico

Leo’s Life in the Philippines

“It was not hard for me to decide to go to the United States because I knew that by going, I’d give my family a better future. This was the only opportunity I couldn’t afford to lose… Migrating for me meant hope and fulfillment of my dreams for my children.”

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Yeh Yeh Wong

Chinese American Cultural Clashes: The Lotus and the Rose

"A person of Chinese ancestry living in America should be able to adopt values from both cultures. Throughout his life, my father has struggled to maintain a balance between Chinese values, to please his father, and American values, to please himself."

Last updated: January 26, 2017