Category: Becoming Minnesotan

Story Title Narrator Community Tags
There is always that expectation that each generation do better than the last. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Education, Family, Work, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
Gyuto Monastery: Only seventy-five monks survived to rebuild a monastery in India. Thupten Dadak Tibetan Ceremonies & Rituals, Religion, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
They are a part of this community and they have to work together. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Community, Identity, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
Over fifteen plus years I’ve been working as a teacher. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Education, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
Seeing no improvement taking place in Tibet my parents decided to escape to India. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Escape, Oppression, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We were sent to the United States to speak about the story of Tibet. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Civic Engagement, Politics, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My dad arrived here first. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Immigration Policy, Youth Experiences, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I got a letter telling that my dad was going to America. Tenzin Khando Tibetan Family, Youth Experiences, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
The good part of America is that freedom. Thupten Dadak Tibetan Culture Clash, Freedom, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I never knew my country was going to be grabbed by the Chinese. Tenzin Chodon Tibetan Escape, Oppression, Coming to America, The Journey
I feel like I am a part of Minnesota. Jigme Ugen Tibetan Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
I don’t want to die in the United States. Tsewang Sangmo Lama Tibetan Ceremonies & Rituals, Culture Clash, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I knew that there was a lot more to the U.S. than Missoula, Montana. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Community, Immigration Policy, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
We were not treated as refugees - we came as immigrants. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Immigration Policy, New Immigrant Experiences, Work
There were other minorities present - it didn't feel like you were the only outsider. Tenzin Khando Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences, Youth Experiences
Living with sponsors: We wanted to stand on our own feet. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Community, New Immigrant Experiences, Ties to Homeland, Travel to U.S.
By becoming U.S. citizens you can do a lot that you cannot do otherwise. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Citizenship, Civic Engagement, Ties to Homeland
The lack of ruling in the class by the teacher – that was very different. Tenzin Khando Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Education, Youth Experiences
Parents strive strongly to make sure their children have all the opportunities that they didn’t. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Becoming Americans, Community, Family, Opportunities in America
Law is one field which can come in very helpful to the Tibetan community. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Education, Work, Opportunities in America
A lot of opportunity, if you are willing to work hard. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Becoming Americans, Economics, Opportunities in America
Here in Minnesota, you are all the time encouraged to be only thinking money. Gyatsho Tssering Tibetan Becoming Americans, Economics, Generation Gap, Problems in America
There are few families who will stay Tibetan families. Gyatsho Tssering Tibetan Becoming Americans, Cultural Centers, Generation Gap, Problems in America
We have a lot of delinquency problems with the youth over here. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Becoming Americans, Generation Gap, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
The change of culture was striking to this son. Tenzin Chodon Tibetan Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Education, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
People don’t have the time here. Tenzin Ngawang Tibetan Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Time, Problems in America
We can’t see our family. Tendell Sangmo Tibetan Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Time, Problems in America
Festival celebrations: Very hard without a community. Thupten Dadak Tibetan Ceremonies & Rituals, Ethnic Festivals, Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Since we aren’t sure of preserving our culture in our own country, we can try and preserve it outside our country. Tenzin Khando Tibetan Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Too many cultures, too many different influences. Thupten Dadak Tibetan Generation Gap, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Wherever we go there's 'R' written on our forehead – 'Refugee'. Tenzin Chodon Tibetan Freedom, Identity, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Preservation of your language is a political statement you are making. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Education, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Assimilation: Not a pure black and white issue. Tashi Lhewa Tibetan Community, Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Co-founder of the Tibetan American Foundation to aid refugees. Thupten Dadak Tibetan Civic Engagement, Cultural Centers, Immigration Policy, Contributions, We Are Here
Tibetan Home School Liaison for the Minneapolis School District. Wangyal Ritzekura Tibetan Civic Engagement, Community, Education, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
Soon after a person dies, a high religious teacher performs 'Phowa'. Yangchen Dolkar Tibetan Ceremonies & Rituals, Religion, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
Exile in Nepal. Yangchen Dolkar Tibetan Economics, Escape, Oppression, Work, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Finding work and loneliness in a new country. Yangchen Dolkar Tibetan Assimilation, Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences, Religion, Ties to Homeland, Work
Regardless of if you were boys or girls, education is very important. Kim Yang Hmong Education, Family, Gender Roles, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
The work of a shaman. Nhia Yer Yang Hmong Ceremonies & Rituals, Community, Religion, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
Early marriages. Kim Yang Hmong Gender Roles, Marriage, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
Women were doing everything they could to help out in spite of the dangers and hardships during the war. Kim Yang Hmong Family, Gender Roles, War, Work, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
My dream was to have a lot of land and have people work for me. Cher Vang Hmong Economics, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I was a soldier and a mayor until 1960 when the American people came. Nhia Yer Yang Hmong Economics, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
By the time I was fifteen, I was a soldier. Yang Cha Ying Hmong War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
My father thought that if he took us to this country then we would have the chance to get more education. Kim Yang Hmong Education, Freedom, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
When we could no longer survive safely we followed General Vang Pao to Thailand. Mai Vang Thao Hmong Escape, Freedom, Politics, War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My mother decided that we must move out. Kim Yang Hmong Escape, Politics, War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We were poor not only the outside, but also the inside. Kim Yang Hmong Politics, Refugee Camps, War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Fleeing to Thailand. Mai Vang Thao Hmong Escape, Freedom, Politics, Refugee Camps, War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
On the eleventh day, we boarded a jet destined for America. See Lee Hmong Family, Refugee Camps, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
We got on a bus, and had no idea where we were going. Bo Thao Hmong New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
There was loneliness in us because all our friends and relatives were not here with us. Kim Yang Hmong Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Family, Language, New Immigrant Experiences, Ties to Homeland
You don't understand the word 'eat' - you just say 'no'. Cher Vang Hmong Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences, Youth Experiences
We got to come and live in this great country. Kim Yang Hmong Becoming Americans, Citizenship, Freedom, Identity, Opportunities in America
education will open the doors to many things. Mai Neng Moua Hmong Becoming Americans, Education, Gender Roles, Opportunities in America
If our American friends don't have to do it, why do I have to do it? Yang Cha Ying Hmong Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Generation Gap, Problems in America
If you want to be a farmer, to start a business, you have to have money. Mai Neng Moua Hmong Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Economics, Food, Work, Problems in America
Hmong New Year. Mao Song Lyfoung Vang Hmong Ceremonies & Rituals, Ethnic Festivals, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
I hope our people will keep our culture and customs alive. Nhia Yer Yang Hmong Identity, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Paj Ntaub Voice: The voices of the Hmong. Mai Neng Moua Hmong Arts, Civic Engagement, Community, Contributions, We Are Here
Helping the Hmong community to better health care. Cher Vang Hmong Civic Engagement, Culture Clash, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
Raising children in Somalia. Abdisalam Adam Somali Family, Gender Roles, Generation Gap, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
When I was growing up, I was a shepherd. Abdisalam Adam Somali Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I came with a student visa in 1991. Abdisalam Adam Somali Education, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I heard that Minnesota is a state that’s very welcoming. Abdisalam Adam Somali Community, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
Immediately after 9-11, there were major challenges. Abdisalam Adam Somali Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Religion, Problems in America
I always feel that we're under pressure and short on time. Abdisalam Adam Somali Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Time, Problems in America
It has been a real challenge, parental involvement in the schools. Abdisalam Adam Somali Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Education, Problems in America
Where do you pray? Abdisalam Adam Somali Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Religion, Problems in America
The importance of family. Abdisalam Adam Somali Community, Family, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
In danger of losing the Somali language. Abdisalam Adam Somali Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Many Minnesotans do know about Muslims - they have been very understanding. Abdisalam Adam Somali Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Somali Resource Teacher. Abdisalam Adam Somali Civic Engagement, Education, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
Buying homes, settling in, making a difference. Abdisalam Adam Somali Community, Economics, Contributions, We Are Here
I grew up in a system where there is no government. Hared Mah Somali Education, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We had no protection when we were in Kenya and we just had to survive. Hared Mah Somali Education, Politics, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Many Somalis came from other states because there were jobs available here. Hared Mah Somali Immigration Policy, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
The first time that I had to take bus, I didn’t know what to do. Hared Mah Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences
A good opportunity where everybody can make his own life. Hared Mah Somali Becoming Americans, Freedom, Opportunities in America
They have to make some accommodations. Hared Mah Somali Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Religion, Problems in America
You are like a little kid that cannot even speak. Hared Mah Somali Becoming Americans, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences, Problems in America
At least you know you are safe. Maryan Del Somali Politics, Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Maybe this is the right place for me to stay, because they have a lot of my people. Maryan Del Somali Community, Education, Coming to America, The Journey
Everything I have to do on my own. Maryan Del Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Family, New Immigrant Experiences, Ties to Homeland
They’re immigrant people - they’re like me. Maryan Del Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Youth Experiences
America is hard, but you can do it. Maryan Del Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language, Religion, Youth Experiences
Can you imagine just sitting there without knowing what they are talking about? Maryan Del Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences
You're supposed to take care of your parents. Maryan Del Somali Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Family, Problems in America
Wearing the hijab. Maryan Del Somali Identity, Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Seventy-five percent of my time I speak English. Maryan Del Somali Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Everything we do involves our religion and Islamic beliefs. Maryan Del Somali Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
We're people with ambitions. Maryan Del Somali Community, Economics, Contributions, We Are Here
I came to pursue my own happiness and to elevate my education. Mohamed Jama Somali Education, Language, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We are expected to just leave, to start living. Mohamed Jama Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Community, New Immigrant Experiences
We have a lot of work to tell them, 'Let’s get involved.' Mohamed Jama Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Politics
Young people are not losing culture, but they are entwining with American culture. Mohamed Jama Somali Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Generation Gap, Youth Experiences
You can become who you choose to become. Mohamed Jama Somali Becoming Americans, Freedom, Opportunities in America
Part of Minnesota's immigrant history. Mohamed Jama Somali Community, Freedom, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
We have so much respect for our elders. Sumaya Yusuf and Bibi Abdalla Somali Family, Gender Roles, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
We are the generation that makes or breaks our culture. Sumaya Yusuf and Bibi Abdalla Somali Arts, Bi-Cultural, Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Why don't we learn that, those traditional dances? Sumaya Yusuf and Bibi Abdalla Somali Arts, Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Escape from the Khmer Rouge: Part 1. Thaly Chhour Khmer Genocide, War, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
They took my father. Henry Nelson Khmer Genocide, Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Obey Anka, or die. Henry Nelson Khmer Genocide, Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I know that I'm not dead yet. Henry Nelson Khmer Genocide, Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I run toward Thailand - they catch me again. Henry Nelson Khmer Escape, Genocide, Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Waiting for the flight to come. Chamreun Tan Khmer Refugee Camps, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, The Journey
The job is so hard for me to do it, because I'm new in this country. Chamreun Tan Khmer Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Cultural Centers, New Immigrant Experiences, Work
When they go to school, they have another law that they must follow. Chamreun Tan Khmer Becoming Americans, Generation Gap, Problems in America
It's really frustrating for them to learn the other language. Chamreun Tan Khmer Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Language, Problems in America
A chance for a new life in America. Henry Nelson Khmer Escape, Refugee Camps, Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
The reason that brought me to Minnesota because I found one of my sister. Henry Nelson Khmer Education, Family, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, The Journey
I don't use the word 'meeting'. Henry Nelson Khmer Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Cultural Centers, New Immigrant Experiences
A child in the work camps: Part 1. Monoram Hang Khmer Genocide, Oppression, War, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
They approve me to come to the United States. Monoram Hang Khmer Escape, Immigration Policy, Refugee Camps, Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, The Journey
We were lucky. Thaly Chhour Khmer Escape, Politics, Refugee Camps, War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My first teacher in Minnesota tried to encourage me to speak to anybody on the street. Thaly Chhour Khmer Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences
In marriage it is never white for the bride. Kusum Saxena Asian Indian Ceremonies & Rituals, Family, Gender Roles, Marriage, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
50 Years of India's Independence. Vasant Sukhatme Asian Indian Ethnic Festivals, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We had a big drought in India - we felt that maybe we should do something about it. Jagadish Desai Asian Indian Cultural Centers, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Preserving Asian Indian culture in Rochester, Minnesota. Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Ceremonies & Rituals, Cultural Centers, Ethnic Festivals, Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Kids grow independent very quickly. Lincoln Gada Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Family, Problems in America
Sacrifices made for the sake of education. Lisa Gada Norton Asian Indian Education, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
Finding a wife in India. Ram Gada Asian Indian Family, Gender Roles, Marriage, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
It was made clear from day one that you would go to college. Pennamma Cherucheril Asian Indian Education, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
The relatives ask, 'Why isn’t she married?' Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Family, Gender Roles, Marriage, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I don't see divorce as an option. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Family, Gender Roles, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
In India, the bricks of society are the family. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Family, Gender Roles, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
In India, they call them servants. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Culture Clash, Economics, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
In India, if you got a job, it stays with you your whole life. Sudhansu Misra Asian Indian Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
The value of hard work cannot be substituted with anything in this world. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Education, Family, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
A different way of thinking. Aparna Ganguli Asian Indian Culture Clash, Family, Gender Roles, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I thought if I could go abroad, I could expand my horizons. Ram Gada Asian Indian Education, Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We were two frightened young girls leaving our home village for the first time. Pennamma Cherucheril Asian Indian Education, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Research opportunities in Pennsylvania. Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I remember sitting with my mother near the Statue of Liberty. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Family, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
It was a major step to leave your country, to come here on a piece of paper. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We felt like they were guardian angels. Pennamma Cherucheril Asian Indian Language, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
I didn't have much chance to sit back and think about how far I had really come from home. Sudhansu Misra Asian Indian Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
We are going to Minny-sota. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
My father bought a thermal for me to wear under the sari. Aparna Ganguli Asian Indian Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
We had an excitement that we were going to a new country. Lincoln Gada Asian Indian Immigration Policy, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
It takes three days to go from one part of India to the other. Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Ties to Homeland, Coming to America, The Journey
We came in January to Minnesota, which was quite a shock in itself. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Food, Language, New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S.
We had never used silverware in our lives. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Food, New Immigrant Experiences
Finding a balance. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Bi-Cultural
According to them, I’ve become very Americanized. Bash Singh Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Economics
Whatever country you live in, be fit for that country. Abul Hasan Siddiqui Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Citizenship, Religion
Integrated into our wider community. Lisa Gada Norton Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Bi-Cultural
I am probably going to become a citizen very soon, because I think now I am vested here. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Citizenship
It was different, very different, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences
The Beatles, Indian culture, and America in the 1960s. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Youth Experiences
Pulled in two directions. Ravinder Manku Asian Indian Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Bi-Cultural, Generation Gap, Identity
There is more access to knowledge. Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Education, Opportunities in America
It is better to stay here, because, as a woman, I have more rights. Deep Shikha Gupta Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Freedom, Gender Roles, Ties to Homeland, Opportunities in America
In those days, they took only 100 immigrants from India. Sudhansu Misra Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Immigration Policy, Work, Opportunities in America
Everything is not all great and good, but it just gives you the freedom to do so much here. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Freedom, Opportunities in America
It's definitely a taught hatred, and it's taught ignorance. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Discrimination, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
I didn't grow up here. Kusum Saxena Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Generation Gap, Problems in America
I didn’t know what a library was. Nayana Ramakrishnan Asian Indian Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences, Problems in America
You're the bridge. Rajiv Shah Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Bi-Cultural, Generation Gap, Problems in America
We didn't know how to ask anybody for directions. Pennamma Cherucheril Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Language, Travel to U.S., Problems in America
Sometimes we make our kids live in two different worlds. Deep Shikha Gupta Asian Indian Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Generation Gap, Identity, Problems in America
What is it going to mean to have Indian heritage? Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Family, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Hindu celebrations. Deepak Nath Asian Indian Ceremonies & Rituals, Ethnic Festivals, Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
It's been such a blessing to have two cultures. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Bi-Cultural, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Celebrating Diwali and Holi in Rochester, Minnesota Prasanna Mishra Asian Indian Ceremonies & Rituals, Cultural Centers, Ethnic Festivals, Religion, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
The Festival of India. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Arts, Cultural Centers, Ethnic Festivals, Food, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Indian associations and culture schools. Ram Gada Asian Indian Cultural Centers, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
The plan was to return to India after finishing one’s graduate degree. Vasant Sukhatme Asian Indian Education, Family, Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Gada & Associates: Energy Conservation Work. Ram Gada Asian Indian Economics, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
Helping battered women. Kusum Saxena Asian Indian Civic Engagement, Gender Roles, Contributions, We Are Here
If you choose to interview a person who has another culture, you're getting like two people. Nirupama Misra Asian Indian Bi-Cultural, Civic Engagement, Contributions, We Are Here
A child in the work camps: Part 2. Monoram Hang Khmer Genocide, Oppression, War, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Escape from the Khmer Rouge: Part 2. Thaly Chhour Khmer Escape, Genocide, Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
A lot of relatives say we are wealthy, so they give us their children. Khou Xiong Hmong Economics, Family, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
Growing up in the Philippines. Adelbert Batica Filipino Family, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
It was just like an army. Belen Andrada Filipino Family, Gender Roles, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
School was very stressful. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Education, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I loved the city where I lived. Victorino Alojado Filipino Family, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I was already teaching. Belen Andrada Filipino Education, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I was paid 200 pesos a month. Adelbert Batica Filipino Economics, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I also remember our yaya. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Family, Youth Experiences, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I had to cut firewood; that’s the job they gave me. Victorino Alojado Filipino Economics, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
It’s not expensive to raise nine children, because the children don’t complain. Victorino Alojado Filipino Education, Family, Marriage, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
All of these things happened during the leadership of Ferdinand Marcos. Adelbert Batica Filipino Civic Engagement, Oppression, Politics, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
Experiences as a political detainee. Adelbert Batica Filipino Oppression, Politics, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I had been praying for that day to come. Adelbert Batica Filipino Civic Engagement, Oppression, Politics, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We had just gotten the notice that the Japanese were coming. Belen Andrada Filipino War, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
There was no school at all. Belen Andrada Filipino Education, Language, Oppression, War, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I was twenty years old when the war broke out. Victorino Alojado Filipino Food, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
The Japanese would spank you. Victorino Alojado Filipino Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I never dreamed of coming to the United States. Belen Andrada Filipino Education, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
When I was young, I was thinking that I can go to America. Victorino Alojado Filipino Citizenship, Oppression, Politics, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
As soon as I was in possession of a passport I got out of the Philippines. Adelbert Batica Filipino Escape, Immigration Policy, Oppression, Politics, Coming to America, The Journey
I went to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Belen Andrada Filipino Education, New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
I was excited about seeing my mom and my dad again. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Travel to U.S., Youth Experiences, Coming to America, The Journey
We’re approved and then we flew to Minnesota. Victorino Alojado Filipino Immigration Policy, Coming to America, The Journey
The new normal was cold and quiet. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, New Immigrant Experiences
They just gave up on the idea of learning the language. Adelbert Batica Filipino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Language
I think they expected that we would date outside of our community. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Youth Experiences
I would love to be able to speak Tagalog. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Language
At the beginning, I didn’t quite embrace the Filipino culture. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Food, Identity, Youth Experiences
I get to choose what I want to do. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Becoming Americans, Education, Youth Experiences, Opportunities in America
America is giving me more of a chance to be my best. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Becoming Americans, Language, Opportunities in America
We get medicine here, to make your life longer. Victorino Alojado Filipino Becoming Americans, Family, Opportunities in America
They did not expect the discrimination and prejudice that took place here. Belen Andrada Filipino Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Work, Problems in America
That really caused a change in the workshops. Belen Andrada Filipino Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Education, Problems in America
It was a very hard year. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Becoming Americans, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
I just never looked the part. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Problems in America
The initial impression is always that we are subservient. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Becoming Americans, Gender Roles, Identity, Work, Problems in America
I wanted to express my Filipino-ness. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Education, Generation Gap, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
My name meant a lot to me. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Bi-Cultural, Identity, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Being American is the default. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Family, Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
I speak Tagalog to my kids. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Identity, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
Filipino-Minnesotan Youth Organization. Patrick Faunillan Filipino Bi-Cultural, Cultural Centers, Identity, Youth Experiences, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
It’s where my destiny is: to be a community activist. Adelbert Batica Filipino Civic Engagement, Contributions, We Are Here
Multicultural student advisor. Maryam Beltran Shapland Filipino Discrimination, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
Gawad Kalinga means ‘to give care.’ Patrick Faunillan Filipino Civic Engagement, Economics, Youth Experiences, Contributions, We Are Here
Guatemala: A lot of great traditions. Emiliano Chagil Latino Ceremonies & Rituals, Religion, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I had a really wonderful, fun childhood. Susana de León Latino Family, Food, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I was fourteen when my husband asked me to marry him. Anna Amaya Latino Marriage, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
To go to the hospital we had to be really, really sick. Anna Amaya Latino Economics, New Immigrant Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
We had to speak two languages growing up. Emiliano Chagil Latino Language, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
Ninety percent of the Mayan people, the indigenous people, were poor people. Emiliano Chagil Latino Economics, Oppression, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
There was never enough of anything, especially food. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Economics, Food, War, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I grew up learning the trade as an upholsterer. Ramón León Latino Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
It was beautiful – it was hard. Susana de León Latino Economics, Family, Youth Experiences, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I saw many friends, many colleagues disappear. Emiliano Chagil Latino Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We were called communists. José H. Trejo Latino Economics, Oppression, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
The government started to kill people. Mario Duarte Latino Oppression, War, Work, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
It was a permanent state of fear. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I got a visa and I thought I would come up here for one year. Emiliano Chagil Latino Escape, Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I had expected one thing and came into another one. José H. Trejo Latino Economics, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We landed in Willmar, and that’s where we stayed. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Economics, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My father fell in love with this land. Martha Castaňon Latino Family, Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My parents hired a truck driver to bring us up. José H. Trejo Latino New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
When Reagan did the amnesty, I felt a big sense of relief. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Citizenship, Immigration Policy, Coming to America, The Journey
It’s a sad experience when you cannot live in your own country. Mario Duarte Latino Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, The Journey
It was the coldest day of my life. Susana de León Latino Culture Clash, New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
It’s very rare that we talk in Spanish. Anna Amaya Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language
There were very, very few Hispanics going to school. Martha Castaňon Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Identity, Youth Experiences
I call myself a Minnesota Norteňa. Martha Castaňon Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Gender Roles, Identity
My English was absolutely zero. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences
I noticed the need for Latino ministers also in this country. J. Pablo Obregon Latino Becoming Americans, Language, Religion, Travel to U.S., Opportunities in America
Education has to be a top priority. Emiliano Chagil Latino Becoming Americans, Economics, Education, Opportunities in America
I would like to see more people involved in the political area. Mario Duarte Latino Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Education, Politics, Opportunities in America
The schools here were free. Martha Castaňon Latino Becoming Americans, Economics, Education, Opportunities in America
The whole story behind refugees is that they’re running for their lives. Emiliano Chagil Latino Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Immigration Policy, Politics, Problems in America
I knew he wasn’t coming to tell me ‘Happy Easter’. José H. Trejo Latino Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Language, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
I was not given the interscholastic exams. José H. Trejo Latino Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Education, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
Sometimes we blame on anything our own inability to solve our own problems. Ramón León Latino Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Language, Work, Problems in America
You should always be proud of who you are, where you came from. Martha Castaňon Latino Ethnic Festivals, Family, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
A couple of my cousins in Mexico are on Facebook, so we’ve been able to keep contact. Martha Castaňon Latino Family, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
It’s hard for them to understand the hardships, the poverty. Emiliano Chagil Latino Economics, Generation Gap, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
We do quinceañeras - that’s something that we carry down. Anna Amaya Latino Ceremonies & Rituals, Ethnic Festivals, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
This really changed the attitude of a lot of Latinos about the system. José H. Trejo Latino Civic Engagement, Discrimination, Education, Language, Contributions, We Are Here
Educating new immigrants in the banking system. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Civic Engagement, Culture Clash, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
La Prensa: Pioneering Latino newspaper. Mario Duarte Latino Civic Engagement, Community, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
I said, ‘President Carter, I need to talk to you about human rights in Latin America.’ José H. Trejo Latino Civic Engagement, Politics, Contributions, We Are Here
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