Coming to America: Becoming Minnesotan

Story Title Narrator Community Tags
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 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
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
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
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
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
I came to pursue my own happiness and to elevate my education. Mohamed Jama Somali Education, Language, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
Waiting for the flight to come. Chamreun Tan Khmer Refugee Camps, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, The Journey
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
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
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
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
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
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
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