When I was 10 years old, my parents made the life changing decision of moving to America. Like most people from where I come from, my parents saw America as a new beginning, the land of the free and the land of opportunity. My brother and I, on the other hand, were less than excited to be leaving behind everything we had known and loved since birth for a far away country that we had only known from the news. On the plane and all through the immigration process, my mother didn’t wear her hijab and told me and my brother to not say anything in Arabic. That should have been the first red flag, but I was too naive and too excited to be on an airplane to notice.
Growing up in Indonesia, it was very tough because my parents did not have great jobs and couldn’t provide food to the table every day but they worked and tried their hardest. Everyone in Indonesia dreams of coming to America because it is the land of opportunities, however, coming to America is not an easy process. In Indonesia, there wasn’t a public school system so the only form of education was through private school, which was highly inaccessible to many due to the high costs. Luckily, I received the opportunity to come to the United States and I never took that for granted because I saw how bad conditions can really be in less fortunate countries. I arrived to the states when I was 5 and enrolled in elementary school.
Coming To America Moving from my village in Nairobi, Kenya seemed like a very distant and unimaginable situation which I gave no thought to at that moment in time. However, that soon changed when the news of our departure to a new country came to our doorsteps. My family and relatives were happy for us and as they gave their farewells but I felt longing to stay and not leave a place where I called home for so many years.
My mom told me that I needed to start preparing my luggage. I was very confused, so I ask my mom, “get ready for what?” My mom replied, “ prepare to come to America!” I was very excited, because I have never learned or experienced of what it would be like to live in a totally different country. Full of mind was thought about how the United States will look like; what is their living environment; how do education works in school.
In 2010, I decided to leave my country and immigrate to America, hoping to build a better life for me and my family. When you're born African, and living in a west African country (Ivory Coast) tore apart by a ten years civil war, and you are in your late twenties, you also hold that time is on your side and everything is still possible. Holding that for truth, I seized the first opportunity to immigrate to the USA and bet for a new beginning. I'm fully aware that many people before me have taken such decisions. Some of them have succeeded and some of them have failed.
Lois Gunden Lois Gunden is was declared righteous among the nations. Lois did many amazing things during World War 2. Lois Gunden was an American French teacher from Goshen, Indiana. In 1941, she did all she could to rescue children. At 26 Lois Gunden joined The Secours Mennonite aux Enfants.
For a long time I believed cultural assimilation plagued non-native cultures in America. Names became Americanized and people left their native languages at home. It is easy to see how anyone could feel pressure to blend and adapt. Being in a new country and having to learn new things all at once can be overwhelming. Upon reading “The Chinese in All of Us” by Richard Ramirez, I learned that the blending of cultures is not forced.
Many immigrants move to United States of America for better life. My name is Nahome Walle. I'm one of these immigrants who come across another country to seek a better life. I was born and grew up in Ethiopia. I never thought that I would be leaving my country and live away.
My mind was going wild; I was both nervous and exhilarated at the thought of starting a new school. A new environment and new people meant having to look to fit in all over again. I did not know this yet, but this first day of fourth grade in a new school would be one of my largest accomplishments throughout my life. Growing up in a Spanish- speaking household gave me a new perspective. Much of my upbringing was different than that of my friends, and I had to adjust to a different culture.
Life is a rainbow which has a lot of colors. It also has a lot of feelings such as happiness, sadness, stress, disappointment, and impression. Thus, the emotion sometimes brings human problems which need to be solved. I also had a problem in my life when I moved to America 3 year ago. I am an immigrant; I have been here with my family.
I never realized the world was so much bigger than the United States. As far as I was concerned, other countries existed only through news media, books, and movies. In December 2011, my parents talked to my sister and I about moving; we were shocked and full of questions of what to expect. Thirty days was the all the time we had to get our lake home, farm, and passports ready before our departure to China. My family and I were moving to 7,500 miles away and had no idea when we would return to the United States.
Attentively, I listened as my grandma began to poor out her life long story to me. At the end of World War II, she had come as an immigrant from Germany with her family when she was only a little younger than I . Then she got her citizenship and raised her family here in America. This story I had known all too well, but until now I had always hesitated to bring up the topic in fear of the asking too much. To my brother and I, she was our Oma.
Imagine waking up in a house that is not your home. You do not know what the morning routine is, what is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or even know what is and what is not appropriate behavior. In the movie Coming to America which was directed by John Landis, Eddie Murphy’s character, Prince Akeem, is in for a cultural shift when he decides to move from Africa to Queens, New York in order to find his princess. In the film, Akeem is exposed to how Africa differs from America when he discovers the differences in power distance, work ethic, and the value of money.