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Lessons from My Immigrant Father

May 20th, 2013 by Katie-Meelel Nodjimbadem | No Comments

Lessons from My Immigrant Father

  The backyard erupted with cheers when the team across the net missed the volleyball that my 62-year-old father had…


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…


Finding a Voice: A Taiwanese family adapts to America

May 20th, 2013 by Diane Tsai | No Comments

Finding a Voice: A Taiwanese family adapts to America

It was the first day of second grade. My older sister Linda, then eight years old, was wearing a blouse…


Understanding a Friend

May 20th, 2013 by Ellen Garrison | No Comments

Understanding a Friend

I first met Amy Jiang in Mrs. Portman’s seventh grade math class. Spring is hot in Reading, Massachusetts and sweat…


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.


A gift from Motomiya

November 4th, 2012 by Kalyn Kahler | No Comments

A gift from Motomiya

One woman took my hand and placed it over her heart. As my hand rested over her heart, I did not need to speak Japanese to understand her gratitude, her happiness and the depth of the hardship she had endured.


Nor Shahid: From one prison to another, a refugee struggles to find peace in freedom

June 18th, 2012 by Lauren Lindstrom | No Comments

Nor Shahid: From one prison to another, a refugee struggles to find peace in freedom

After leaving war-torn Iraqi, Shahid searches for peace, control and job success in the United States. Unable to find it, she is considering returning home despite the danger.




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