As you may have read in the op-ed “Europe, Arizona, and My Plumber”, immigration is a reality and its acceptance is vital to a healthy world, despite heated debates to the contrary and laws prohibiting it. For some, immigration debates shed light on their own story and that of their family’s. Here, we share the immigration stories of nine IE staffers. Their family histories are a testament to the American Dream, the contributions of immigrants and the future of our country that is in the hands of sons and daughters of immigrants who say “America is My Home.”
- Pei Chou – IE Videographer – Barely a decade after her immigration, Pei Chou begins to document her experience.
- Abe Wong – IE Production Designer – Chinese influence that’s uniquely American.
- Collin Tong – IE Staff Reporter – Planting roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
- Diem Ly – IE Editor in Chief – A war propels an immigration wave and one family’s journey across America.
- Alan Lau – IE Arts Editor – An upbringing in the Sierra Nevadas shapes an artist.
- Ryan Catabay – IE Graphic Designer/Creative Director – The son of immigrants becomes a modern designer.
- Jason Chen – IE Advertising Representative – Parents from two different worlds share one to call home.
- Gina Kim – IE Editorial Intern/Assistant – A two-part immigration from Seoul to home.
- Ellen Suzuki – IE Business Manager – Incarcerated during WWII didn’t stop her family’s dream.