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Ajumma in America

May 20th, 2013 by Yu Sun Chin | No Comments

Ajumma in America

One sunny weekday when I was in sixth grade, a series of impatient knocks shook our front door. My mom…


Family Portraits: One woman gets to know her step-grandmother

May 20th, 2013 by Kerri Pang | No Comments

Family Portraits: One woman gets to know her step-grandmother

  We scrambled to finish the family portrait with blunt crayons on loose papers. It was around a decade ago…


A Son Comes to Understand his Father’s Sacrifices

May 20th, 2013 by Tony Kim | No Comments

A Son Comes to Understand his Father’s Sacrifices

I began ripping off the wrapping paper and my eyes widened as the edge of the box for a purple…


Undocumented youth struggle with anxiety, depression

December 18th, 2012 by Kris Anne Bonifacio | No Comments

Undocumented youth struggle with anxiety, depression

Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented student from Texas, committed suicide after Thanksgiving last year, reportedly due to concerns about his immigration status. The story put a national spotlight on the adverse effects of immigration policy on the mental health of undocumented youth. With DACA in place a year later, but a permanent path to immigration reform remaining uncertain, it’s too early to tell if anxiety or depression has been alleviated for undocumented youth.


Undocumented youth confide and come out

December 17th, 2012 by Polina Senderova | No Comments

Undocumented youth confide and come out

In light of the DACA process, many young immigrants, including 20-year-old José Martinez, reach a point in their lives when they are forced, for various reasons, to confide in their peers and teachers about their undocumented status. They weigh the risks of being in the open against the benefits of having a support system through their legal and personal ordeals.


Playing your way to citizenship: A look into the musical side of immigration

December 17th, 2012 by Enrique Perez and Lydia Ramsey | No Comments

Playing your way to citizenship: A look into the musical side of immigration

Cellist Jessica Bieniarz returned to the United States to pursue her aspirations of higher education, overcoming the complications that individuals with documentation issues face. For international musicians, they face dual challenges; finding a way to get into the U.S. and then finding a way to remain here permanently


Playing for America: A girl’s lifelong goal for better music education opportunities

December 17th, 2012 by Lydia Ramsey | No Comments

Playing for America: A girl’s lifelong goal for better music education opportunities

Jessica Bieniarz’s life has revolved around two things: learning to play the cello and coming back to the U.S. Her parent’s commitment to her future led them to uproot their life in Poland in pursuit of a better music future for her.




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